2019 Audi A1 Ditches its Camouflage for Spy Photographers


The 2019 Audi A1 is going through its final stages of testing in Europe.

Spy photographers have caught the new five-door hatchback wearing very little camouflage, revealing the car’s more aggressive and sporty design. Expected to ride on a version of the Volkswagen Group’s seemingly ubiquitous MQB platform, the new A1 will get rid of its three-door hatchback bodystyle and will likely not be offered with a conventional hybrid powertrain. Instead, the German automaker will likely offer a mild-hybrid setup to boost performance and fuel economy, but can’t be used for emissions-free driving.

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Overall, the Audi A1 wears a wider, more muscular stance with modern LED lighting resulting in a more mature appearance. Reports say all-wheel drive will be available on models below the S1. Powertrain offerings will change quite a bit, with the 1.4-liter engine being replaced by a 1.0-liter three-cylinder unit. Today’s 150-horsepower model will now feature a 1.5-liter unit with the same output, while the 1.8-liter TFSI mill will be swapped out for a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with around 200 hp. The new S1 will use likely use the same engine tuned to 250 hp.

More information on the 2019 Audi A1 will become available closer to its on-sale date.

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