Audi A1 citycarver unveiled as brand’s entry-level crossover

The Audi A1 range has welcomed a new member in the form of a compact crossover. Called the A1 citycarver, the most progressive model in the new A1 line-up promises uncompromising versatility, be it the city, on country roads and highways and even on slightly rough terrain.

Based on the A1 Sportback, the 4.04 metre A1 citycarver features tauter and sportier body lines while also offering around four centimeters of additional ground clearance for easier entry and better visibility.

The exterior sports a robust, off-road look. The large, octagonal Singleframe is reminiscent of the Audi Q models and features a strongly sculpted honeycomb insert painted matt black. Two characteristic slots above the grille differentiate it from the A1 Sportback, while underbody protection painted in stainless steel hints at the off-road capability of the A1 citycarver.

The wheel arches and the redesigned side sills sport add-on parts in a contrasting colour and the redesigned rear bumper echoes the robust look of the front end.

The colour palette for the A1 citycarver includes nine exterior colours and Audi offers a contrasting roof in either Mythos black metallic or Manhattan grey metallic. The black styling package bathes the attachments in the lower section of the body, which come standard in shades of grey and stainless steel paint finish in deep black.

The interior of the citycarver largely mimics that of the A1 Sportback and comes as standard with a digital instrument cluster that forms a compact unit with the air vents.

The vents, the centre tunnel console and the doors sport accent surfaces in mint, copper, orange or silver-grey. The S line also offers structured grey as a colour.

In addition to the basic interior equipment, there are three equipment lines to choose from – advanced, design selection and S line. The S line offers customers the choice between seat covers in cloth/synthetic leather or Alcantara/synthetic leather. The interior design selection includes the contour/ambient lighting package.

Like the A1 Sportback, the citycarver offers a choice of TFSI engines with outputs ranging from 70kW to 147kW, mated to manual or the seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmissions. The top-of-the-range engine uses a six-speed S tronic transmission.

The Audi A1 citycarver will arrive in European dealerships in fall 2019. At market launch, Audi will also introduce the edition one, a special edition finished in arrow grey or pulse orange with 18-inch wheels.

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