Switching from its current VW Golf-based platform, the next-generation Audi A1 will be built upon Audi’s new MQB A0 platform, making it larger and stiffer than the current car. Using a combination of hot-formed steel and aluminum, much like the current-gen Audi A8, the new A1 will also be very light, though it may not be lighter than the car it replaces, as it’s going to be a bit bigger.
Audi is looking to move the A1 a bit up-market, which is the reason for the size and equipment increase. So, whereas the A1 used to be a very tiny subcompact, it will become something of a smaller Audi A3 hatchback and its styling is evident of that.
Caught driving around winter testing, the new Audi A1 can be seen wearing a more traditional hatchback-like body, more akin to the A3 than previous A1, and similar headlights to its bigger sibling. Though you can tell the A1 apart from it’s extremely small hood an very short front overhang. We don’t own the spy photos, but they can be seen here at Autocar.
Expect the upcoming Audi A1 to pack the brand’s typical suite of small engines. The base model engine will likely be the 1.0 liter turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine and that will go up to a 2.0 liter turbo-four in higher spec models. A 1.4 liter turbo-four will also likely be an option, as will be the usual diesel engines, such as Audi’s 1.4 liter and 1.6 liter turbo-diesels. Front-wheel drive will be as-standard, but all-wheel drive will be an option.