Tokyo 2007 Preview: Audi unveils A1 concept before debut

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It's been over a year in the making, but Audi has finally released the details on its newest ultra compact offering. The Audi A1 Metroproject Quattro concept takes the ethos of BMW's MINI, distills it down into a more Germanic form and loses the cute.

The three door body style is nothing revolutionary, but the somewhat femme front clip and the brushed aluminum arches give it a more demure character than some of the automaker's larger offerings.

Power comes courtesy of a 1.4-liter TSFI engine, making 150 HP and mated to an S-tronic dual-clutch gearbox. While that combination is nothing to get too excited about, it's what's behind it that is. A 41 HP electric motor is mounted on the rear axle, able to produce 147 lb.-ft. of torque when lying on the long pedal. With the new motor residing out back, this gives the A1 plug-in capability, allowing lithium-ion batteries to be charged and giving a 100 km range in pure electric bliss.

Audi also employs engine start/stop technology and brake energy regeneration, which the automaker claims decreases fuel consumption by 15-percent.

We'll have more details soon enough, but in the meantime, check out the gallery of images below.

[Source: Motor Authority]

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