Audi’s e-tron concept may finally come to life in the automaker’s new 2018 Audi A1 Hybrid. The German hatch provides quite a competition to the VW Polo Series, and Audi has decided to take it one step further. Electric motors will see prices soar to $25,000 but will provide a huge boost to the hatch’s EPA. Check out all the possible specs that have been dug out from recent rumors.
2018 Audi A1 Hybrid new platform
Apart from a new powertrain, Audi’s hatchback is also set to be built on a new platform. Audi will borrow Volkswagen’s MQB platform with code name A0. This will not only give this car renewed dimensions but also will shift its production to a new factory in Barcelona.
A new platform will make 2018 Audi A1 Hybrid larger than its previous models. This was somewhat necessary to fit in those extra electric motors. The overall length will now measure at around 100 inches with cabin volume remaining intact.
2018 Audi A1 Hybrid Complete Redesign
Rumours suggest that Audi may release its hatch as an entirely new generation. So, expect some noticeable changes in its both internal and external design.
- The front grille may be modified from its previous versions. It will sport Audi’s thin-bar structure but may be larger this time around.
- The signature logo will continue to be on the grilles of the new 2018 Audi A1 Hybrid. Headlights may be sharper and a bit more inclined.
- Hatch door styling may be changed. Load height may be reduced a bit, and taillights may receive a redesign.
- To its interiors, expect an improved leatherette material. A few add-on features may be available for extra price.
- The dashboard will house a 12.3-inch display integrated to the car’s infotainment and sensors. Touchscreen features may come this time as standard.
Other technical installations like ambient climate control, power sunroof, and voice activated navigation features may come as an option.
The Germans had launched its e-tron concept way back in 2012. Although they have shelved the idea since then, speculations are high about it finally hitting the market. Recent spy shots revealed Audi testing its hybrid powertrain on German roads and are most likely to find its way into its 2018 models if not in 2017.
This will see 2018 Audi A1 Hybrid combine the following:
- A 1.5-liter or 2-liter gasoline engine with a maximum power capacity of 127 HP.
- An electric powertrain with an output capacity of 64 HP.
Another electric motor will find a place that will send power directly to A1’s wheels. The power rating of this motor will measure in at 114 HP. Expect the vehicle to start with gasoline and the electric motors to kick in above speeds of 34 mph. This will optimize both the performance and EPA of 2018 Audi A1 Hybrid.
Premium Class Safety
Audi will look to take on its cheaper rivals of Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo, so expect the automaker to provide a few high end safety features in its Audi A1 Hybrid 2018. Adaptive cruise control and rear view cameras with park assist should come as standard. Electronic braking with stability control may also be included.
Optional installations in 2018 Audi A1 Hybrid may include a tire pressure monitoring system, forward collision alert system and lane-keep assist.