After selling over 500,000 units, Audi decided to offer a facelift for its smaller model, the A1. As a result, the German manufacturer unveiled today the new 2015 Audi A1 Facelift and A1 Sportback Facelift models. The first thing you notice about the A1 facelift when looking at the photos are the redesigned headlights, which include the daytime running LEDs.
In addition, fresh decors and paints give the vehicles an even more attractive appearance. As an option, Audi can offer the roof arch on the A1 or roof dome on the A1 Sportback in a contrasting color. According to the manufacturer, thanks to the sportier design, the models are 2 cm longer at a length of 3.98 meters.
Six engines, gasoline and diesel, will be offered and some of them are new or have been improved. Audi is offering a completely new 1.0-liter three-cylinder petrol engine that delivers 95 hp (70 kW) and has a fuel consumption of 4.3 l/100 km (54.7 US mpg), while CO2 emissions are just 99 g/km.
Another three-cylinder unit found on the A1 is the 1.4-liter diesel engine that produces 90 hp (66 kW) and has a fuel consumption of 3.4 l/100 km (69.2 US mpg), while CO2 emissions are 89 g/km.
The seven-speed S tronic transmission is available for all engines as an option, while the 1.8 TFSI gets it as standard. The Audi S2 and S2 Sportback were also updated and arrive with the new design and the same engine.
For those who don’t know, these high-performance versions use a 2.0-liter TFSI petrol engine that produces 231 hp (170 kW) and 370 Nm (272 lb-ft) of torque. The engine is able to push the S1 and S1 Sportback in 5.9 seconds, while top speed is 250 km/h or 155 mph.
Audi drive select adaptive dynamics system, which is now standard on A1 Sport and higher models, manages steering and adjustable damping (if installed). With this drive system, the driver is able to select among three modes – auto, efficiency, and dynamic. There are weighting and damping characteristic variations within each mode. The system is integrated into the S tronic transmission, which it also manages, along with the operating parameters of the engine.
The elegant and roomy cabin ambience has also been made even more luxurious by fitting new glossy black and chrome detailing and new upholstery options in terms of materials (now available in Alcantara and leather blend) and colours (which now include Laser blue for Sport models and Rotor grey for S line models, in addition to the classic black finish).
All versions feature alloy wheels, remote central locking, electric front windows, electric wing mirrors, air conditioning and a six-speaker single CD audio system with iPod port and a 6.5-inch retractable screen. The new range also now includes a secondary collision brake assist system as standard. This feature automatically activates braking to decrease the chance of skidding and additional collisions in accidental situations.
The newest Sport models all feature Audi drive select and Audi Music Interface. The models are also compatible with SD card-based navigation. Other new upgrades include larger 16-inch wheels, sports suspension, sports seats, Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity and a Driver's Information System.
Meanwhile, all of the new S line models are now fitted with xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights and LED rear lights, in addition to their previous features: 17-inch alloy wheels, exclusive S line exterior styling and interior detailing, S line sports suspension and upholstery made of leather and cloth.
New customers are also now given the opportunity to add from a range of sophisticated options, with three affordable packages, including all-new range-exclusive packages and existing ones with new extra items.