In the Indian car market, Audi has established itself in luxury segment. It has a lot of splendid vehicles in their stable and all are elegantly designed with power packed engines. Now the company is going to launch its first hatchback in the country, which is going to christened as Audi A1 . This vehicle will arrive in the country's car market in 2015 most probably. At the same time, it will also provide sheer luxury owing to its large cabin space and lavish seating arrangement. As per the rumors, this yet to be launched vehicle will offered in two petrol and one diesel engine options for the buyers to choose from. The 1.0-litre diesel engine comes with a displacement capacity of 999cc. It has the ability of churning out a maximum power and torque output of 93.7bhp and 160Nm respectively. It is skilfully mated with a five speed manual or seven speed automatic transmission gear box. While other 1.4-litre petrol power plant can displace 1395cc. It has the ability of producing a decent power of 123.2bhp in combination with a peak torque output of 200Nm. This engine also comes with cylinder on demand technology. This motor is coupled with both six speed manual and seven speed S-TRONIC transmission gear box, depending on the variants. At the same time, its 1.6-litre diesel power plant comes with a displacement capacity of 1598cc. This mill has the capacity of producing 114.4bhp and 250Nm of power and torque respectively. This diesel engine is paired with both five speed manual and seven speed automatic transmission, which helps it in delivering a decent performance. This vehicle is a blend of advanced technology and innovative comfort features, which certainly makes the journey pleasurable. It is expected that this upcoming hatchback will hosts an array of sophisticated aspects. It is bestowed with an advanced suspension mechanism along with reliable braking system, which helps it to provide a comfortable driving experience irrespective of road conditions.
This hatchback will come with a classy interior design, which is made by using premium leather and scratch resistant materials and gives a luxuriant finish to the cabin. It is incorporated with a lot of sophisticated features, which gives the occupants a pleasurable driving experience. It is incorporated with wide and well cushioned seats, which can host at least five passengers. At the same time, its cockpit is fitted with aspects like an efficient air conditioning unit, interior mood lighting, an advanced entertainment system and push button engine start function, which redefines the luxury inside the cabin. As per the news, the car maker is also offering its top end variant with an sunroof featuring electric tilt and slide adjustment, which provides a pleasant ambiance inside. However, it will be available as an optional feature for other variants. The company is going to integrate this hatchback with numerous safety features including volumetric alarm system, six airbags along with front co-passenger airbag deactivation, electronic stability control, rear head restraints, seat belt monitoring, first aid kit, tyre pressure monitor and many other such aspects. At the same time, this vehicle has an attractive body structure with a lot of external cosmetics that makes it look intimidating. The most attractive aspect about this vehicle is rear end, which is dominated by LED taillight cluster. Its front facade is designed by a large radiator grille, well lit headlight cluster, LED daytime running lamps and so on. The wheel arches are offering with a set of stylish alloy wheels, which are covered with tubeless radial tyres.
This yet to be launched hatchback series is expected to come with an attractive look, which is designed with a lot of styling aspects. This Audi A1 model series is quite intimidating owing to its stylish body structure. To start with the front facade, it is designed with an aggressive radiator grille, which is garnished is a lot of chrome. This grille is embedded with a prominent company logo in the center, which highlights the frontage. It is flanked by a neatly crafted headlight cluster that houses high intensity halogen headlamps along with LED daytime running lights. Just below this, it has a body colored bumper and it is accompanied by a black protective cladding along with an under-guard for preventing the vehicle from minor damages. It is fitted with a wide air intake for cooling the engine quickly. It is surrounded by a pair of elegantly designed fog lamps that adds to the visibility of driver. The slanting forward bonnet has a couple of expressive lines. Its large windscreen is made of green tinted glass, which is integrated with a set of intermittent wipers. Coming to its rear end, it is designed with a large tail gate, which is embossed with variant badging and a thick chrome strip. It has a distinctive designed taillight cluster, which is powered by LED based brake lights, turn indicators and courtesy lamps. The rear windscreen has a defogger along with wiper. It also has a roof spoiler, which is incorporated with LED third brake light for providing additional protection. The body colored bumper is quite sleek and is fitted with a pair of fog lamps. This bumper is further accompanied by a couple of exhaust pipes, which are chrome finished. The company has designed its side profile with precisely molded wheel arches that are fitted with a set of alloy wheels. Its A and B pillars have been garnished in high gloss black, whereas window sill is garnished in chrome. The door handles along with ORVM (outside rear view mirrors) and fenders have been treated in body color whereas the lower cladding gets a black finish.
This stylish hatchback is designed with a total length of 3973mm and it has an impressive width of 1906mm, which includes both external rear view mirrors. It has a total height of 1416mm that offers ample head room and shoulder room. It has a decent ground clearance along with with a large wheelbase of 2469mm. Its steering wheel supports a minimum turning radius of 10.7 meters.
The internal cabin of this upcoming Audi A1 hatchback series is extremely spacious, which can accommodate at least seven passengers with ease. In terms of seating, it gets ergonomically designed seats, which gives excellent thigh and back support to occupants. All the seats are covered with premium upholstery, which further adds to the elegance of its interiors. The front seats have electrical adjustment facility along with memory setting that adds to the comfort level. All the seats are integrated with adjustable head restraints. Its rear seat has split foldable facility, which helps in increasing the boot volume of car. The interiors are done up in black and grey color scheme, which gives a plush appeal to the cabin and it is complemented by a lot of chrome inserts. It has driver oriented cockpit with commanding driving position and ergonomically positioned control switches, which are easy to reach. The company has given it a smooth dashboard, which is equipped with attractive central console, AC vents, an advanced infotainment system and a large glove box with cooling effect. It is equipped with an advanced instrument cluster with two round shaped meters and a multi-information display that provides proper information to the driver, while traveling. This is equipped with a number of features like a digital tachometer, outside temperature display, fuel levels, an electronic trip-computer, digital clock, driver seat belt warning and several notification lamps for keeping the driver updated. The leather wrapped steering wheel comes with tilt adjustment function, which is mounted with audio and call control buttons. Apart from these, the internal cabin of this vehicle is bestowed with several utility based features provided inside the cabin like an electro-chromic inside rear view mirror, storage compartment, drink holders, bottle chiller and a couple of accessory power socket for charging mobile and other electronic devices.
This yet to be launched hatchback has been equipped with a proficient automatic air conditioning system featuring air quality control and heater. It also has rear AC vents, which keeps the ambiance pleasant by regulating the air temperature in entire cabin. It has an advanced cruise control system, which maintains a steady speed as set by the driver. The advanced driver information system (DIS) comes with 3.5-inch monochrome display. It supports frequency/station or track title, telephone control menu, navigation system, on-board trip computer with short and long-term trip memory. It also features outside temperature display, digital speedometer, door or boot open warning and efficiency program. The company has also given an advanced Audi sound system including six channel amplifier, loudspeaker in front and rear and subwoofer. This BOSE surround sound system comes with dynamic noise-compensation along with ten channel amplifier. This music system is also compatible with USB interface, Aux-in port, i-Pod and CD/MP3 player for enhancing the ambiance of its cabin. It also has Bluetooth connectivity for pairing the mobile phones. This vehicle is also furnished with electrically adjustable front seats with memory along with split folding rear seats that adds to the convenience. In addition to these, its top end trim is blessed with features like electric sunroof, keyless entry function, front central console cooled chubby box, heating function for front and rear seats. The company has incorporated with rear view camera, which also has a five inch TFT display on driver information system and it is an added advantage. In addition to these, it is expected to be fitted with a third generation MMI system including high resolution touchscreen, two SD card readers, navigation functionality with advanced speech recognition. It also includes Audi Music Interface along with Bluetooth audio streaming.
The company has given this vehicle a spacious internal cabin, which can easily accommodate five passengers. It provides ample leg space along with head room and shoulder space. Its spacious boot compartment can be increased by folding its rear seat. The company has given it a reasonably good fuel tank, which helps in planning for longer journeys.
Acceleration & Pick-Up
The petrol engines, which are mated with a seven speed automatic transmission gear box has the ability of attaining a top speed in the range of 186 to 205 Kmph. At the same time, with the help of a manual transmission gear box this hatchback can achieve a top speed between 195 to 215 Kmph. It takes about 8 to 10 seconds for crossing the speed barrier of 100 Kmph from a standstill. On the other hand, its diesel engine can attain a maximum speed of 200 Kmph approximately, while it can break the speed barrier of 100 Kmph in close to 9.4 seconds.
Engine and Performance
It is expected that this Audi A1 model series might come in two petrol and one diesel engine options for the buyers to choose from. Its 1.6-litre TDI diesel engine comes with a displacement capacity of 1598cc. It is integrated with four cylinders and sixteen valves using double overhead cam shaft based valve configuration. It has the ability of generating a maximum power of 114.4bhp at 1500-3250rpm along with a peak torque output of 250Nm at just 3500-4000rpm. It is coupled with a five speed manual or seven speed automatic transmission gear box, depending on the variants. On the other hand, its 1.0-litre petrol mill has a displacement capacity of 999cc. It can produce the power output of 93.7bhp at 5000-5500rpm in combination with a peak torque output of 160Nm in the range of 1500 to 3500rpm. While its other 1.4-litre TFSI power plant has a displacement capacity of 1395cc. It can churn out a maximum power and torque outputs of 123.2bhp at 5000rpm and 200Nm at just 1400-4000rpm. This power plant is coupled with both five and six speed manual along with seven speed S-TRONIC automatic transmission gear box.
Its petrol engines are incorporated with an advanced turbo fuel stratified injection supply system, which allows it to deliver a decent mileage. The 999cc power plant has the ability to gives out in the range of 20 to 25 Kmpl, while other engine will produce about 18-23 Kmpl. At the same time, its diesel power plant is integrated with a common rail based direct injection fuel supply system. It is expected that this engine will return a mileage in the range of 23 to 27 Kmpl.
Power of Audi A1
The 1.0-litre petrol engine has the capacity of churning out a peak power of 93.7bhp at 5000-5500rpm in combination with a peak torque output of 160Nm at just 1500-3500rpm. At the same time, its 1.4-litre TFSI motor can produce 123.2bhp at 5000rpm and yields a maximum torque of 200Nm at 1400 to 4000rpm. While the same engine with cylinder on demand technology can generates 148bhp of power and 250NM of torque output. On the other hand, its 1.6-litre TDI motor has the capacity of churning out a peak power of 114.4bhp between 1500 to 3250rpm in combination with a commanding torque output of 250Nm in the range of 3500 to 4000rpm.
Stereo & Accessories
This yet to be launched hatchback is expected to be offered with an advanced infotainment system featuring an MMI 7-inch touchscreen display. It is equipped with functions like radio, music player, telephone and other controls related to the vehicle. In addition to these, the company has incorporated an Audi sound system with music interface, navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity and 2-SD card readers. At the same time, control switches of audio and call functions have been mounted on its steering wheel, which provides additional convenience to the driver. Not only this, the company has also given it parking sensors along with a rear view camera that offers excellent assistance while parking. Individuals, who buy the entry level variants can install aspects like a navigation system reverse parking camera and a DVD player as well. At the same time, they can opt for styling aspects like a rear spoiler, body decals, fenders, leather seats, carpet mats and side moldings to further enhance its elegance.
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Braking & Handling
Like any other car model in Audi's portfolio, this upcoming vehicle is also expected to be gets a reliable braking mechanism. Its front and rear wheels are fitted with a set of ventilated disc and solid disc brakes respectively. This mechanism is further augmented by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution and emergency brake assist as well. In addition to these, it also has features like energy regeneration ESP, anti-slip regulation and other traction control programs. On the other hand, its front axle is equipped with a McPherson Struts along with lower wishbones, an aluminum subframe and a tubular anti roll bar as well. While its rear end has a four link suspension with separate spring based shock absorber arrangement, sub frame and a tubular anti roll bar. This vehicle is also blessed with a robust suspension system with damping control on both its front and rear axles. The cabin is incorporated with a rack and pinion based electro mechanic power assisted steering system, which is further incorporated with a speed dependent control.
Safety & Security
For a stress free driving experience, the company has bestowed this Audi A1 model series with a lot of vital aspects. It has a rigid body structure with crumple zones and side impact beams that minimizes the impact of collision. It has dual airbags along with side and curtain airbags that helps in saving the occupants in case of accidents. It is equipped with vehicle stability assist function, speed sensitive auto door lock, parking brake, 3-point seat belts for all passengers along with driver seat belt warning notification, central locking system along with keyless entry and remote central locking system. Apart from the base variant, this vehicle has been blessed with hill start assist along with roll stability control function that prevents the vehicle from rolling away. It also has an advanced engine immobilizer with security alarm system, which prevents the hatchback from theft and unauthorized entry.
The neatly crafted wheel arches are fitted with a set of alloy wheels that gives the side profile a stylish look. These rims are further covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres that provides a superior grip on any road conditions.
1. Availability in both manual and automatic transmission gear box.
2. Fuel economy of diesel versions are up to the mark.
3. Compact size makes it easy to maneuver in city traffic.
4. Reliable engine performance with decent acceleration and pickup.
5. Top rated safety standard adds to its advantage.
1. Diesel engine noise and harshness can be reduced.
2. Presence of authorized service station needs to increase.
3. Panoramic sunroof can be given as standard.
4. Ground clearance is quite low.
5. There is still scope of improving its internal cabin.
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