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Audi revives the A2

 

Audi has confirmed plans for a lightweight, all-electric successor to the A2, six years after the original ceased production

The new A2 concept car will make its debut at next week’s Frankfurt motor show. It is scheduled in to go on sale in 2013.

Although the five-door hatch retains the distinctive silhouette, short overhangs and aluminium spaceframe construction of the original A2, it picks up some features from other recent new Audis, notably the A1. It will reportedly share elements of the A1's chassis and underpinnings.

The concept is 3800mm in length, 1690mm in width and 1490mm in height — that’s 26mm shorter, 17mm wider and 63mm lower than the original A2.

Design highlights include a new version of Audi’s single-frame grille, angular headlamps, short bonnet, high waistline, prominent shoulder line, sloping roof and near-vertical hatchback. The glass roof alters its transparency at the push of a button.

The A2 concept also showcases Audi’s latest LED tech, known as matrix beam. The headlamps use so-called micro-reflectors to generate a high-resolution, non-glaring high beam, while the tail-lamps adapt their illumination to the visibility conditions. The rear foglight is seen as a beam of light and projects, via laser diodes, a red triangle on to the road.

Audi is yet to reveal details of the new A2’s driveline, however, sources suggest that the it is planned to be sold with both a standard electric and optional range-extended driveline.

Inside, the A2 concept has four seats, each folding to reveal storage space.


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