Following a long teaser campaign and multiple spy photos, Audi has finally revealed the 2019 A1 Sportback. Compared to its predecessor, the second-generation A1 takes a more aggressive styling. In fact, Audi says it draws styling cues from the Ur-Quattro and the Sport Quattro – infamous for their rally heritage. It comes with a more sloping roof that is finished in black to further accentuate its sporty styling.
In front, the bumper now has larger air intake styled similar to that of the Audi RS5. There also sits a larger Singleframe grill, flanked by new LED headlights. At the rear, there is a flatter C-pillar with a larger wing fitted atop. It also comes with a sportier rear bumper with side vents and new LED taillights. Completing the exterior makeover are new wheels available in 15-, 16- or 17-inch sizes depending on the trim.
Though it does seem like the A1 has gone to the gym, Audi says it is ‘the ideal companion in the urban environment’. Despite that, it has still grown over its predcessor. It now measures in at 4,030m long, 1,740mm wide, and 1,410mm high. This is said to give it a wide track and short overhangs to help give it a sportier look.
Under the hood, a variety of engines will be available in the all-new A1. The entry-level model is powered by a 1.0-liter three-cylinder unit which produces 95 PS and can be had with either a 6-speed manual or S-tronic dual clutch. Meanwhile, the top-of-the-line model is powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine which puts out 200 PS and is offered only with an S-tronic transmission.
The cabin has also been upgraded to match its sporty exterior. Audi says the cabin is ‘accordingly driver-focused, with its emotive, customizable design.’ The A1 is the latest to adapt Audi’s virtual cockpit similar to the A8. In standard-trim, it comes with an 8.8-inch MMI Touch infotainment system while higher grade models get a larger 10.1-inch screen. Unlike the A8 however, the A1 still has physical buttons and dials for the HVAC and radio controls. Optional goodies include a contour and ambient lighting package which has up to 30 selectable colors.
Some driver assistance features from the A8 also finds its way on the 2019 A1 Sportback. These includes lane keep, pre sense front, and adaptive speed assist.
As the the Audi A1 is being sold as a 2019 model, expect it to go on sale later this year.