Audi A2 will grow in size and receive the new MQB platform

Article by Christian A., on June 14, 2012

Audi has made extensive changes to the execution of its second-generation A2, moving it up from being in the supermini class into a hatch with the same size as a Golf. At the Frankfurt show last year, Audi introduced its near production-ready version, a preview of the new high-roof hatchback.

Audi chief Rupert Stadler said that this car will increase the length of the supermini concept from 3.8 meters to 4.1 meters, the length of the Volkswagen Golf. Several insiders said that because of this, it will be built on a version of the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform that’s bigger than what was initially imagined.

They also imply that the A2 production version, which is likely to come out in 2014, is taller by 60mm, going beyond the 1490mm of the concept to about 1550mm. This change comes after the concept’s styling was criticized because it didn’t offer enough load-carrying capacity.

The sources told Autocar that a disparity exists in what its engineers had envisaged and what customers find to be significant in daily use. Audi has declined to comment on rumors that the A2 will have the same underpinnings as the upcoming Q2. This is very possible, considering that they have the same basic dimensions.

With the powertrain of the A2 design which is electric-only, Audi is taking another look into the next generation of electric mobility in Frankfurt's 64th International Motor Show (IAA). The technological study showcases an original, prime-standard space design that gives a lot of room for four car occupants.

Audi A2 design is only 1.69 meters (5.54 ft) wide, 3.80 meters (12.47 ft) long, and 1.49 meters (4.89 ft) high; and even with its dimensions, it makes a sleek, athletic and strong impression on the road. Its neat look focuses on the necessities; the definition of the design is subtle but molded for visual appeal. The all-white show car has a dark glass roof that can be easily be turned transparent with the push of a button.

With its headlamps, Audi is showcasing the new era of LED innovation, also known as the matrix beam. A pack of LEDs and microreflectors produce a non-glaring, high-resolution, high-beam light. Subtle daytime running light fibers support the highly effective LED low-beam light section. Smart taillamps function and illuminate the road according to current visibility conditions. The fog light at the back, manufactured by laser diodes, is viewed as a beam of light in a foggy setting and projects a warning on the road via a red triangle.

The changing light runs under the corner of the window from the front to the back of the Audi A2 concept. It’s a strong light that has an array of dynamic and innovative light functions. Approach sensors are incorporated to detect the owner and through gesture control, unlock the doors. While on the road, the dynamic light serves as a constant side marker light. If the car's detector is on, light impulses run through the overall band of light.

Also, a flowing red bar of light can be seen at the taillamps when stopping and shows the strength of the brakes intuitively for other cars on the road.

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