Audi carves out some­thing new

Gloucestershire Echo - - MOTORING NEWS - By CHRIS RUSSON

ACROSSOVER vari­ant of the Audi A1 has been an­nounced and will be on the road in the UK later in the year. Called the city­carver it is based on the A1 Sport­back and comes with Suv-style looks and a sus­pen­sion raised by al­most two inches.

It also comes with a large front grille sim­i­lar to that Audi uses on its Q mod­els. The A1 city­carver will be on sale in Septem­ber and ini­tially will be pow­ered by 1.0litre and 1.5-litre petrol engines de­vel­op­ing either 116 or 150ps as used in the A1 30 and 35 TFSI mod­els.

Boot space is in­creased to 335 litres and the city­carver is more than an inch longer than the reg­u­lar A1 with larger bumpers and more pro­nounced wheel arches.

In­side it has an 8.8-inch touch­screen and a 10.25-inch dig­i­tal in­stru­ment panel with the op­tion of Audi’s vir­tual cock­pit dis­play.

Stan­dard kit in­cludes 17-inch al­loy wheels and a roof-edge

spoiler which are from S line ver­sions of the A1.

Audi is still to an­nounce pric­ing and full per­for­mance de­tails for the city­carver but the A1 30 TFSI Sport­back cur­rently starts from just over £20,000.

Audi’s A1 city­carver

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