According to word on the net, Audi is currently going through some design plans and business models for development of a new Audi A2. The model would be built to rival the upcoming BMW i3.
Rumours have been circulating for a while now, but it seems Audi could be taking proposals much more seriously these days. Insider reports say such a vehicle would be produced in low-volume and showcase vast technological elements including a possible full-electric powertrain. An unnamed insider recently spoke with Autocar in the UK, saying,
“A new A2 is being discussed internally and a number of concepts are being looked at. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was shown first as a concept. I’m sure that the new car will be in a similar mould of the old model: futuristic, low volume and using state-of-the-art technology.”
Audi previously sold an Audi A2 from 1999 to 2005 (not sold in Australia), unfortunately sales weren’t competitive so the model was canned. The new model, if produced, is likely to use Multi-material Space Frame (MSF) technology however, offering a chassis and skeleton comprising of aluminium, steel and carbon fibre for optimum lightness. This could place the new model on the scales under a reported target of just 800kg.
Reports say the new Audi A2 would be a highly fuel-efficient compact four-seater and could be unveiled as a concept car at an upcoming auto show.