Next-generation hatchback surfaces in overseas press

The all-new Audi A1 has been revealed overnight, giving us a first look at the brand's light hatchback.

In terms of design, the A1 has taken an evolutionary path rather than revolutionary, though it's far more angular and aggressive than the 'cutesy' model it replaces.

Up front is a wider front grille and aggressive headlights that bring the little Audi in line with other members of the family – namely the A4 and A5 – along with three slits in the bonnet that are meant to pay tribute to the Sport Quattro.

New alloy wheels ranging from 15- to 18-inches in diameter fill the arches, while prominent character lines extend from the front of the vehicle to the rear.

Out back, the new LED tail-lights and chunky bumpers make the A1 appear wider, with the vehicles pictured featuring the S Line exterior package – adding sportier bumpers and a diffuser-style treatment at the rear.

New lighting signatures front and rear feature a staggered pixel-like design, something that we haven't seen as yet from the four-ringed marque.

A lot has changed inside, with the new A1 getting an overhauled cabin layout and Audi's latest in infotainment technologies.

There's a new 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster, and new MMI infotainment systems measuring either 8.8- or 10.1-inches – the larger system should also feature touch inputs as previewed by the teaser image posted last week.

Also noteworthy is the fact the centre stack is angled towards the driver – similar to the related Volkswagen Polo – with colourful trims available for the air vent surrounds, centre tunnel and door handles. A large air vent runs the length of the passenger's side of the dashboard, too.

The new A1 is said to be a lot more spacious than the vehicle it replaces, now featuring a 335L boot, which expands to 1090L with the rear seats folded down.

Going by the images, the second row should be far more accommodating than the current model, meaning that adults should be able to fit more comfortably in the back.

Options for the cabin are said to include ambient interior lighting in up to 30 colours, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, additional USB ports, and an 11-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system.

Safety tech available includes autonomous emergency braking, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, along with an automated parking assistant.

Three engines have been detailed in the overseas press – we're yet to get the official media materials from Audi – all being petrol units.

Specific details of all three haven't been confirmed, but the base 1.0-litre turbo makes 70kW, while the top-spec 2.0-litre puts out 147kW. If you haven't already guessed, both engines feature in the Volkswagen Polo range, with the latter the same unit found in the GTI hot hatch.

Australia

We're waiting to hear back from Audi's local division with more information about the A1 including full specifications and a projected launch date for both global and Australian markets.

Stay tuned to CarAdvice for an update, and head to the galleries section for more images.