NEXT A1 FOR SA: Audi's new A1 and A1 Sportback will arrive in South Africa in May 2015 with a lot of new equipment. Image: Audi
• New A1 and A1 Sportback range
• Styling revisions inside and out
• New three-cylinder units
• Set to arrive in SA in 2015
Since 2010 Audi has sold more than 500 000 A1 and A1 Sportback units - coming now (Nov 2014) is a mid-life upgrade with style enhancements, new tech and, a first for Audi, two three-cylinder engines that will arrive in South Africa in May 2015.
Details will be published closer to the launch but for now the three- and five-door cars each have a flatter and wider single-frame grille, redesigned bumpers, new alloy rims and a choice of new colours.
The new three-cylinder 1.0 TFSI petrol and 1.4 TDI engines will also be introduced to the Audi A3 range. The 70kW FSI petrol clalims fuel consumption of 4.3 litres/100km and emissions of 99g/km; the 66kW 1.4 TDI clailms 3.4/100km and 89g/km.
There's also a range of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, the highlight being a 140kW 1.8 TFSI petrol turbo also used in the new Polo GTI.
Depending on version, engines can be mated to a either a five- or six-speed manual and for the first time all, including the 1.6 TDI, can be equipped with a seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch auto.
The Audi S1 and S1 Sportback are powered by a two-litre TFSI capable of 170kW/370Nm. EAch is front-wheel drive except for the all-wheel drive S1 units.
IMAGE GALLERY: 2015 Audi A1
IMAGE GALLERY: 2015 Audi A1 Sportback
In Europe the range comprises SE (comfort orientated), Sport (firmer suspension) and S line (lowered suspension). A new suspension option, including adjustable dampers, will be available for Sport variants and above.
The steering uses a new electromechanical system which reduces its assistance as vehicle speed increases. Audi Drive Select will also be standard from Sport units up.
The steering and optional suspension with adjustable damping can be controlled through the Audi Drive Select adaptive dynamics system, standard for A1 Sport units and above. It allows the driver to alter shock-absorber characteristics through auto, dynamic and efficienc. It can also adjust the operating parameters of the engine and the S tronic transmission.
Inside, The A1 benefits from chromed and gloss black detailing and new upholstery choices, among them an Alcantara blend. New upholstery colours, such as blue for Sport models and grey for S line, are available which have previously been exclusively in black.
Standard equipment to all variants include alloy rims, remote-controlled central locking, air on, power front windows and external mirrors, and six-speaker single CD audio with auxiliary connectivity, linked to a 16cm retractable display.
A secondary collision braking assistance system has been addedadded. The system can initiate automatic braking to reduce the risk of skidding and additional collisions during a crash.
Sport variants gain Audi Drive Select and Audi a music interface for SD card-based satnav. Sport versions have 16” alloy rimss, sports suspension, sports seats, Bluetooth and a driving information system.
S line versions get xenons headlights with LED daytime running lights, rear LEDs, 17” alloy rims and exclusive exterior styling and interior detailing.
A new one is the Tech pack that adds Audi connect, combining a 40GB hard drive for upgraded satnav and music storage with a higher-resolution colour monitor.
The Comfort pack adds auto-dipping lights.