The SUV market is quite saturated, which the manufacturers are working to make sure they only retain their best performing models. Customers seem to love the bigger and more spacious units, which is why we are going to see less of the 3-door SUV units and more of the 5-door SUV units. That’s if what’s happening with Volkswagen is anything to go by. A video has leaked of the 2019 Audi A1 undergoing a drive test. The A1 prototype has a subcompact hatchback design, and it first debuted in the United States. However, it’s unlikely that this model will be offered to Audi customers in the US. Audi announced that models that are smaller than the A3 have performed dismally in the US market, which is why we also didn’t get to see the Q2 SUV.
The New redesigned 2019 Audi A1 has a new body, which no longer has the bubble shape to take the more traditional hatchback design. Moreover, they have also stretched the wheelbase, which creates more room in the cabin. This could be a step towards making it a more family-friendly SUV than purely a luxury SUV for two or three occupants.
Under the skin, the car will have a modified Volkswagen Polo that also happens not made created for the US market. Both the 2019 Audi A1 and the Volkswagen Polo have the smallest MQB platform, which is also shared with the Volkswagen Golf, the Audi A3, among other models from Volkswagen Group. The Germany automaker decided to choose the 5-door design because its 3-door design wasn’t well received when the A1 debuted.
On the dashboard, it’s equipped with a digital instrument panel that’s 12.3 inches wide. The 2019 Audi A1 comes with an option of either a 3-cylinder unit or a 4-cylinder unit power-train. Of the two the S1 is the most powerful exceeding the 231 hp offered by the existing S1. However, the next most powerful unit is possibly going to be the Audi Sport’s RS 1. That’s because many believe that Audi plans to expand its range of models. Moreover, buyers will be able to select between a 7-speed dual-clutch design, and a 6-speed manual unit.
The engine will have a turbocharged 1-liter 3-pot design and 1.5-liter4-cylinder design. After the A1 debuts, we expect them to release a high-performance variant of the S1, with a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. Overall, the 5-door design will require that it gets extra power to compete with other five-door models from other brands.
The test mules that were spotted in the videos featured two different headlights. One setup had two projectors, while the other had two full setups of LEDs. While we expect that most of the models will have an LED design, the budget models may come with a combination of the projector and LED headlights. Something else that is unique with its exterior when compared to the current model is its angular edges. They give it an overall sharer edge than that of the current model. Still, you would be able to recognize it as an A1 model, except for the 5-door design change that we have already discussed.
While they haven’t announced an electrified model, we expect that they may have plan for one considering that’s where we are heading. They could for example have a model that will compete with MBW i3, which will then be in line with Volkswagen’s plan to have as many as 30 electric cars by the year 2015. It’s expected that Volkswagen will choose to have many of those models to come from Audi.
While we have not learned much of what to expect from its interior, we definitely know that it will be spacious. Moreover, we expect it to be designed for four to five occupants, which is what most buyers are after these days. It seems that people are moving towards cars with more room especially when it comes to SUVs. That could because bigger cars tend to have a higher resale value compared to smaller cars.
Overall, we hope that you are excited as we are to know what awaits use after the radical change from a 3-door Audi A1 design to the 2019 Audi A1 5-door design, and a stretched wheelbase.