For many car fans, when you talk about Audi, you implicitly talk about the company’s famous Quattro all-wheel drive technology, which is emblematic for almost all of its models.
But it seems that the upcoming A1 city car, which is set to be revealed in production-ready form at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show in March won’t be one of them, as new reports indicate that the famous technology will not be included in the new model.
Largely to “blame” for such a thing is the weight of the Quattro system, and the new expenses it would add to the overall price of the A1, a model which will be marketed as an accessible premium city car for busy roads. According to some other reports, the A1 will be released in the last quarter of 2010, with a sportback model and the S1 version, which will be powered by a 1.4-liter TFSI engine developing 180 HP, in 2011, and, last but not least, a cabrio alternative in 2012.
Even though many Audi fans are dedicated to Quattro, I’m not really convinced that the lack of the technology will put off any customers interested in the A1. What do you think? Leave a comment below.
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