Audi Teases A1 Before Geneva Motor Show Debut

This may be graffiti art, but it is also our first official “sneak peak” at Audi’s forthcoming subcompact, the A1.

Scheduled to launch at the 2010 Geneva motor show in March, the A1 will likely closely resemble the Metroproject Quattro and A1 Sportback concepts. Indeed, this piece, which portrays a two-door hatchback with silver roof pillars, is a dead ringer for the Metroproject.

The production A1 will likely share a number of mechanicals with Volkswagen’s new Polo, but will probably gain a unique all-wheel-drive option. Autocar believes the A1 will use the Polo’s existing engine range, which tops out with a 168-hp, 1.4-liter I-4 that is both supercharged and turbocharged.

Executives bill the A1 as being a “premium small car,” and not surprisingly, Audi intends for its smallest offering to compete against BMW’s Mini. Although the latter has found a considerable amount of success in North America, it looks unlikely that the A1 will make its way stateside, at least for the time being.

Source: Audi, Autocar

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