Awhile back, we heard some rumors that Audi was creating a sort of rugged city car, something designed to handle dense urban traffic and pockmarked pavement while still being easy to park and maneuver. We thought it was going to be based on the Audi A3 and have the name “City Hopper“. It turns out that those rumors were semi-true. Audi has been developing more rugged urban car but it’s not an A3. Instead, it’s the Audi A1 Citycarver.
The best way to describe the Audi A1 Citycarver is that it’s an Audi Allroad for the urban environment. That might sound a bit counter-intuitive, having a rugged car specifically for urban city streets, but it actually makes a bit of sense.
Based on the sporty Audi A1 Sportback, the A1 Citycarver looks almost identical to its base car. The only major differences between the standard A1 and the Citycarver are the lifted ride height and plastic body cladding on the latter. It sort of has an Audi Allroad look to it but it’s not exactly designed to go off road, even if Audi does claim that it can do so quite well if need be. Instead, it’s been designed to navigate tight urban environments as easily as possible.
On the outside, its black plastic wheel arches, honeybomb grille insert and its new rear bumpers differentiate it from its standard A1 sibling. It also gets a higher ride height than the standard car, being 1.4-inches taller than the car it’s based on. That higher ride height has been designed to give it better ground clearance and ride comfort for poorly paved city streets and tall curbs. So rather than scrape the body on a tall curb and blow out a shock over a deep pothole, the Audi A1 Citycarver can handle itself, thanks to its longer suspension travel and higher ride height. It also gets steel underbody protection, just in case you take your Citycarver where the city and roads end.
Inside, it looks very much like an Audi A1. The funky orange color scheme in these photos shows of how hip, modern and urban the Audi A1 Citycarver is. But it’s exactly the same as the standard A1’s. That’s no bad thing, though. Even the standard Audi A1 has a great interior for its class and is much more premium inside than its price would suggest.
Because this new Citycarver is designed for youths, it comes with a ton of optional tech. For instance, it gets the brand’s new Virtual Cockpit, Touch Response MMI and a Bang & Olufsen 3D surround sound system.
The new Audi A1 Citycarver will go on sale in Europe starting in Fall of 2019. At market launch, a special “Edition One” model will be available, which will come in either Arrow Grey or Pulse Orange, 18-inch wheels and black trim for its grille surround, air inlet and “four ring” emblems. The Edition One models will also get tinted headlights and taillights, mirror caps in contrasting colors and “Edition One” logos in matte silver.