Automobile Magazine reveals several details about a future sub-Audi A1 city car.
Instead of using the New Small Family (NSF) architecture which is used by the VW Up! to conceive this product, the company is likely to develop a new architecture based on the MQB platform with sister brands Volkswagen, Skoda and Seat. The new architecture could also spawn a Skoda-branded mini electric car that would rival the Fiat 500E. Later on, this mini EV could also be offered under the Audi badge to rival the BMW i3.
According to the report, if the all-electric version arrives, it would feature either a 60 kW or a 90 kW motor powering the front wheels, good for a range of 125 miles (202 km). And in that case, the battery packs would be stowed between the front seats and the rear wheels. Two conventional three-cylinder engines – a 110-hp petrol and a 100-hp diesel, it seems, are also being considered by product planners.
Even if this plan gets sanctioned, the city car, irrespective of the version (conventional petrol/diesel or all-electric), is not likely to arrive before the end of this decade. In fact, several reports claimed last year that Audi is not going to introduce a sub-A1 small car before 2024.
[Source: Automobile Magazine]