2019 Audi A1 Ditches Its Camouflage for Spy Photographers

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Smartacus Smartacus on Apr 25, 2018

    if they are replacing the 1.4 for a 1.0, i wouldn't be surprised if the 1.4 will get replaced in some other vehicles

  • Dylan Pontes Dylan Pontes on Apr 26, 2018

    Hi, someone know if the S1 will came with S-tronic transmission ?