• Jan 24, 2007
Infomotori's commissioned designer has come out with several more images that elaborate on the speculation surrounding Audi's possible release of a premium B/C segment competitor. Such a vehicle will assuredly be dubbed the A1, slotting below the A3, and aimed squarely at other German luxury offerings, as well as the MINI Cooper.

Andrea Rosati takes several cues from Audi's Shooting Brake concept, but manages to utilize more of the lines from the recently released TT and R8. The corporate gaping maw front clip is present and accounted for, as are the seven-spoke wheels pulled straight from the RS4. From there however, the diversions become more apparent, with a much more upright stance that runs counter to Audi's current low slung offerings, as well as narrower headlamps that are pulled back at a more extreme angle to the outsides of the vehicle, starkly contrasting the lights currently employed by the TT.

Although we have normally dispatch most artist's renderings as pure speculation, there were a few trick elements that we'd like to see utilized on future Audis: namely, the angular central exhaust outlet and the Audi-logo-turned-third-brake-light.

Follow the "Read" link for all the renderings, a few pics of the Shooting Brake Concept and some speculation on possible powertrains.

[Source: Infomotori.co.uk]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      And besides, all of this started with the BMW 3-series compact: it was so long ago, and I don't see BMW's image touched in any way...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Audi should just make the Shooting brake concept as is. Loved it when tehy brought it out.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Posh Golf.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looking at the size of the license plate in relation to the rest of the vehicle, I guess the future A1 will be larger than a Q7 and have 26" wheels.

      What moronic publication thought this could be what the A1 looked like?
      • 8 Years Ago
      A3, BMW 1 series, Mercedes Benz A and B class all sell very well here in Europe. It is very common here to spend rather 35.000€ (about 45.000 US$) on a A3 or B class than to go for a lower spec A4 or C class.

      Especially when a car is seldom used to transport more than two people the smaller option is more practical and more fun than the larger car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      ummm... this looks way too similar to the Mitsubishi Concept-Ct vehicle - but then again how original is Audi anyway...
      • 8 Years Ago
      what? those wheels are from the S8, not the RS4.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I agree with Steve S, the Shooting Brake was perfect in every line; it would be a good replacement for the three-door A3. But if Audi wants to release an A1, then an A2 is also coming... That would mean that the A1 would be around the size of a Mini, Swift, Ypsilon or C2 (3,60 to 3,70 m) and the A2 close to modern fat superminis like the Corsa, Punto, Clio, Fabia and 207 (4,00 m). I wouldn't think Audi will release two small cars, but one never knows...
      • 8 Years Ago
      If Audi toned down the headlamps and the grill I would prefer it to the BMW 1 series.
      • 8 Years Ago
      what? those wheels are from the S8. And why is the license plate so small? It make the car look out of proportion.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Andrea Rosati....please please please STOP making photochops of what you ASSUME the cars will look like.
      • 8 Years Ago


      I feeel sad that luxury makes like Audi are going downmarket and devaluing their brand equity. I wish Audi,Mercedes etc stuck to the luxury categories and never made vehicles below the A4,C-class,3-Series category
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