2014 is about to get over, but there is no stopping for this German Automajor. Audi launched few new cars this year, revealed many facelifted versions and have been caught multiple times testing next generation cars. And now after they revealed it for the first time four years ago, the Audi is here with its 2015 facelifted A1 hatchback. Alongwith with the A1, Audi has also given a facelift to its Sportback sister bringing them in line with the S1.
On the visual front, the facelifted Audi will get an updated front bumper with bigger cut-outs holding angular fog lamps, sharper headlamps with new graphics and a more angular front grille. The back of the car will get a more angular rear bumper having a diffuser-like insert. The hatch will also get graphics on the tail-lamp as against the W-shaped light signature of the outgoing model.
On the interior, the affair will be usual apart from the MMI navigation, that is now offered as standard, with the same sliding-in dash ability. The car will also get new but optional, Bose Surround Sound system and the infotainment system can be paired with Audi connect and a WiFi hotspot to give occupants access to the internet on the move.
Under the hood, the car will now get six engines, including the 95 hp 1.0 litre TFSI three-cylinder engine and a 90 hp 1.4 litre TDI three-cylinder engine from the Polo. Another two engines will be the 1.4 litre TFSI four-cylinder motors, producing 123 hp and 148 hp of power, with the 148 hp motor having an cylinder-on-demand option. Then there’s a 114 hp 1.6 litre TDI four-cylinder engine and lastly, a 189 hp 1.8 litre TFSI four-cylinder engine. All the engines will either get a six-speed manual or optional seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch gearboxes.
On the mechanical front, the car will get Adaptive damping in both the A1 and A1 Sportback. It will also receive an Audi drive select (auto, efficiency, dynamic modes) that fiddles with the steering, gearbox, throttle and damping settings. The R&D team at the Ingolstadt (home of Audi) says, that there is an “entirely new” electro-mechanical steering system to get high-speed accuracy.
Two new trims will be on the offer now - design and sport, to join the existing ones on offer.