Ah, the A2! Audi’s aluminum-bodied city hatchback is without a shadow of a doubt one of the funkiest cars to carry the Four Rings. Praised for its low fuel consumption but criticized for its unconventional appearance, the Audi A2 had a relatively short life, from late 1999 to mid-2005. While the A1 is considered as being its spiritual successor, the supermini introduced in 2010 wasn’t really a direct replacement as it took a more conventional approach in terms of styling.
It would seem the A2 is set to make a return, but with an electric twist. Auto Bild has it on good authority an A2 E-Tron is planned as Audi’s version of the Volkswagen ID.3. Interestingly, the report speculates an official reveal could take place as early as this year, which we’re honestly finding hard to believe since we haven’t seen any spy shots with camouflaged prototypes whatsoever.
Auto Bild alleges that despite a possible 2020 premiere, the revived Audi A2 will not go on sale until the end of 2021 or early 2022. Little else is known about the smallest of the E-Tron models, but a quick look at the ID.3’s specs sheet should give us a good idea of what to expect in terms of hardware. Wolfsburg’s electric hatch comes in rear-wheel-drive form with an electric motor mounted on the rear axle good for 201 hp (150 kW) and 310 Nm (229 lb-ft).
If it will be anything like the ID.3, which logic tells us it will, the Audi A2 E-Tron will come with a choice between several battery sizes. Its VW cousin starts off with a 45-kWh pack for the base version, followed by the 58-kWh battery, and the 77-kWh big boy. With the latter, it can travel for as much as 550 kilometers (342 miles) per the WLTP cycle.
Of course, the Audi equivalent will have to be better in some ways than the ID.3 in order to justify its higher price tag. It remains to be seen whether this will be achieved through better interior materials and/or upgraded hardware. The Ingolstadt-based marque has already given us an idea of how a future city-oriented Audi EV would be through the AI:ME concept pictured here.
With the recently announced “Artemis” project to speed up EV development and the promise to launch many electric cars in the years to come, it’s only a matter of time before Audi’s E-Tron family will gain an entry-level model.