After a couple of concepts and a huge amount of annoying teasers, Audi has finally revealed the 2011 A1 premium city car, a rival for models like the Mini Cooper or the Alfa Romeo MiTo.
The entry-level vehicle faithfully recreates the concepts before it, and features a selection of high end options, in order to make it a player on the premium segment. From the LED lights, to the wide array of interior materials, like black, gray or even “wasabi” green, to the colored air vents and even the optional MMI system, which comes with a 6.5-inch screen. Other interior features include a 10-speaker, 465-watt Bose audio system, a 20GB hard drive and even bluetooth connectivity.
In terms of engines it seems the A1 doesn’t really have anything to brag about, limiting itself to two TFSI gasoline units and two 1.6-liter TDI ones. The base model will use a 1.2-liter TFSI, capable of 86 HP and 118 lb-ft, while the other gasoline engine will be a 1.4-liter one, capable of 122 HP and 147 lb-ft. For oil-burner fans, the two 1.6-liter engines will develop either 90 HP and 169 lb-ft or 105 HP and 184 lb-ft. This power can be transmitted through either a five or a six-speed manual gearbox, while the optional seven-speed S-tronic dual clutch variant is also available.
As we revealed at the end of 2009, the A1 won’t use the quattro all-wheel drive system, instead of relying on a FWD platform. The A1 will be available in Europe this summer, with prices starting at €16,000 ($22,000).
Frankly, the A1 hasn’t really blown our mind, partly due to the amount of hype that was generated around it. Take a look at the photo gallery below and then share your thoughts on this new Audi entry-level model.
Photo Gallery: 2011 Audi A1