• Oct 1, 2008
Click above for gallery of the Audi A1 Sportback Concept

We'll start our live coverage of the Paris Motor Show in the wee hours of tomorrow morning, but in the meantime the embargo dam at Audi has broken a bit early and released some interesting details along with a few images of the new A1 Sportback Concept. Hinted at by the Metroproject concept from Tokyo, the new A1 is a bit shorter than the A3, which is currently the smallest member of the Ingolstadt family tree, and aims to fill the premium small car niche that is currently dominated by the MINI Cooper. The Sportback's ace-in-the-hole may be its five door body-style, offering up a dose of practicality not found in the standard BMW-based MINI. Don't expect too many styling changes to be made before the new A1 is released in Europe as an '09 model. The concept sports what appears to be a new mild hybrid powertrain with a 150-horsepower 1.4L TSI engine mated up to a 27-horse electric motor. That combo sends power through Audi's S-Tronic dual clutch gearbox, which is essentially Volkswagen's superlative DSG transmission with a new name. Mileage is spectacular at 60.3 mpg (U.S.) and carbon emissions are low, just 92 g/km. We'll know more after Audi officially unveils the A1 Sportback Concept in Paris tomorrow.


[Source: CarScoop]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      60mpg!?!!? Wow.
      • 6 Years Ago
      looks fantastic for a concept. I see some edges that should (and most likely) would be cleaned up for a production. Not a big fan of the center dash mainly around the ac vents.

      Too bad we most likely see this in the states...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Officially the only Audi that I don't like.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love the headlights and the rims... audis always have sweet headlights
      • 6 Years Ago
      I really want this car to come to the US.
        • 6 Years Ago
        There's no reason not to bring it, Audi wouldn't have issues selling it with an economy of 60mpg. The rear burrows a bit from the C30, and the overall design is less fun than the metro concept, but it works. I'd love one, and I'd gladly purchase it with the tsi or a tdi powerplant.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like that one stubby blue Mitsubishi Concept.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Do you think the average consumer can tell this apart from the Audi A3? All Audi cars look the same, the only thing differentiating them is size.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @koloth44: +1!
        • 6 Years Ago
        And I'm totally fine with that.
        I really like Audi styling, and not having to choose between "the one that looks good" and "the one that fits my needs."
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes because to the typical eye the 1 series, 3 series, 5 series, and 7 series all look so incredibly different. They all have a common design theme which is eaxctly what Audi is doing too.

        I can tell the difference between each and every model, not sure who is knowledgable about cars couldn't?
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Now if Audi would only make their cars RWD..." Good luck waiting for that to happen. They would first put a V12 TDI in the RS6 Avant and sell it in the us before they do that. And who needs a RWD audi when there is BMW, Benz, Lexus, CTS-V and so on. Live with it, audi is quattro, and quattro is audi.
        cbraundesign
        • 6 Years Ago
        +1 Audi is getting better while BMW continues to disappoint. Now if Audi would only make their cars RWD...
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Now if Audi would only make their cars RWD..." Good luck waiting for that to happen. They would first put a V12 TDI in the RS6 Avant and sell it in the us before they do that. And who needs a RWD audi when there is BMW, Benz, Lexus, CTS-V and so on. Live with it, audi is quattro, and quattro is audi.
      • 6 Years Ago
      the shooting brake styling still would've been better http://www.autoblog.com/2007/01/24/from-the-mouths-of-execs-audi-shooting-brake-wont-be-produced/ it was a much cooler car, and it would've gotten that iconic look opposed to this which is boring if not too complicated, the lines are everywhere, at least its better then the metroproject though
      • 6 Years Ago
      its very mitsubishi-influenced
        • 6 Years Ago
        I was going to say: wow, nice Lancer!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Makes more sense than the Clubman. Whoever designed that thing should be shot. It's an all-around PITA with hinges and crap creating blindspots that don't need to be there all for the purpose of "style".
      • 6 Years Ago
      Also, what's that glassy film over the grille?
        • 6 Years Ago
        looks like a aerodynamic part, this car only use a small engine with electric engine assist, most likely it does not need the full front opening for cooling air. Closing/covering not needed openings is a easy way to significant improve the airdrag.
        The worst part in car aerodynamic is the way the air gets through the engine compartment and radiators... if you don´t need that much cooling air at the radiators or engine compartment don´t let it went through it.
        It is a easy way to improve modern Audi aerodynamic by covering completely or partly the single frame grill...
        For example a extrem tuned Audi A4 by Hohnester the HS 650 RR a 650hp street legal 9s to 125mph track attack monster which currently holds the laprecord for street legal cars at the Oschersleben race track.

        http://hohenester.pagecompany.de/images/news/48-02-small.jpg

        cbraundesign
        • 6 Years Ago
        They needed something to show people it was a hybrid. Car companies are too timid to put a hybrid system in a car that is normal styling. They have to somehow throw in that "spaceship" wild card.

        Now that said, I think this thing is beautiful. Let's hope we get it in the states.

        Anyone else think the stereo with the iTunes rip off cover flow thing looks silly?
      • 6 Years Ago
      The rest of the car looks nice though IMO the grille really doesn't suit it.
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