Audi has unveiled the A1 citycarver, a higher-riding version of its compact A1 hatchback, ahead of its European launch later this year.
Although they share a lot mechanically, the citycarver has a suspension setup that's 35mm taller than the regular A1's, while the wheels are bigger as standard. In ideal circumstances, Audi says the citycarver has 40mm more ground clearance than the standard A1.
There's also a raft of styling tweaks, designed to make the citycarver look rougher and tougher than the standard model. The car's grille is a bit chunkier, while the two slots above the grille are also unique.
There's a skid-plate-style insert in the front bumper, pumped-up arches and chunkier side skirts, while the rear end has been given a similarly tough makeover. The smallest wheels on offer are 16-inch units, the largest are 18-inches.
A total of nine exterior colours are available, and the contrasting roof can be specced in metallic black or grey. There's also an optional 'black styling package' which brings blacked-out lower trim pieces in place of the standard grey and stainless steel finishes.
Inside, the citycarver's cabin is almost identical to that of the regular A1. Buyers are given the choice of mint, copper, orange or silver-grey for the air vents, transmission tunnel, and door trims. Grey is also available in conjunction with the S Line package.
The entire citycarver range will be fitted with a 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit digital instrument binnacle, but there are two versions available: a standard one, and an optional setup with an "extended range of functions".
A central touchscreen measuring 10.1 inches is available, offering features like hybrid route guidance, satellite map views and new 3D city models. The new display also offers touch inputs and voice recognition, and offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Audi hasn't revealed which engines will be offered in the citycarver, but the A1 is available with three engines in Europe. The base 1.0-litre turbo makes 70kW, while the top-spec 2.0-litre four-cylinder puts out 147kW.
The new A1 citycarver is "unlikely to come to Australia", according to an Audi spokesperson. Although supply is likely to be an issue in the short term, the company is currently evaluating whether there's a market for car's like the citycarver in Australia.
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