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Audi A1 finally revealed in detail

 

Video: After months of teasers, Audi has revealed its 2011 A1 ahead of its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show

Audi's new small car measures 3.95 metres long (251mm more than the Mini Cooper), 1.74 metres wide, 1.42 metres tall, and has a wheelbase of 2.47 metres.

Highlights of the A1 design include a single frame grille, pronounced shoulder lines, sloping C-pillars, and an optional colour-contrasted roof arch. The A1 also has LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, and 15- to 18-inch wheels.

Inside, Audi says the dash was created to resemble the wings of an airplane (with the air vents acting as jet engines), while the centre console was inspired by the stern of a yacht.

The luggage compartment holds 267 litres and 920 litres when the rear seats are folded down. Other highlights include LED interior lights, colourful upholstery, a media centre, and a pop-up information display which provides fuel consumption data and gives recommendations for efficient driving. Options include a panorama sunroof.

The A1 will launch with four four-cylinder engines featuring both turbocharging and direct injection and ranging in consumption from 3.8 to 5.4 litres per 100km.

Engines include two 1.6-litre turbo diesels with 66kW and 77kW of power respectively, and two turbo petrols with 63kW 1.2-litre and 90kW 1.4-litre.

A seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual will be an alternative to the standard manual gearbox.

Stop-start and regenerative brakes will contribute to efficiency, while the 1.2-litre engine also benefits from a new temperature management system.

Audi says the customisable three-door A1 is targeted at younger buyers but has warned the hatchback is not going to be cheap for a small car.

The A1 will go on sale later this year... more updates soon.

Read more about the Audi A1 here.

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