After three years of service, the Audi A1 is about to get a major facelift. This couldn’t come at a better moment, as a lot of its competitors, specifically the Mini Cooper , has just come out with a new look.
This heavily camouflaged mule of the A1 gives us an indication of what to expect when all the wraps are taken out. Looking at the photos our spy photographer sent us, the facelifted A1 looks to carry a number of similar styling characteristics with the performance-oriented S1 . The front and rear lights in particular, appear to be similar in treatment to the S1 while, the front bumper, even if its not completely distinguishable, looks to be a new design with an updated grille and new fog lights.
Overall, minimal changes were given, compared to all these next-gen models that are popping up. It may only be three years since the A1 arrived, but is it at all possible that Audi begins thinking about working on a next-gen A1?
We’re hoping that’s the direction it takes, but for now, the 2015 Audi A1 will retain most of its old digs.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Audi A1.
July 7, 2014 - Revised Audi A1 Caught Testing in South Europe
March 13, 2014 - First testing session
The 2015 Audi A1 is expected to come with a lot of new technology to make up for the lack of aesthetic updates given to it. One new tech feature is a radar system developed by Volkswagen that monitors the oncoming traffic. But that’s not the only new system the 2015 A1 has.
The A1 will also likely return with 1.2 TFSI base units with 90 and 110 horsepower. There’s also a new 1.4 TFSI with 125 PS instead of 122, a 150 PS version of that engine and likely a 1.8 TFSI. We’ve speculated about this in the past, since the twin-charger 1.4 TFSI/TSI is being phased out.
The Audi A1 is, no doubt, an impressive city car, but the Mini Cooper is already a very successful model, with an already formed clientele. To make it even more difficult, Mini has just released a new-generation Cooper and, boy, is it all sorts of awesome. The new Cooper will grow in all directions and received a more aggressive design language.
As for the engine lineup, Mini will offer a new family of three-cylinder engines, along with the conventional four-cylinder engines. These three-cylinder engines will also see use in the new BMW 3 Series model, known as the 316i.
Gallery Mini Cooper
There’s not much going on around the 2014 Focus’ exterior to make you think that there were significant changes done on its looks. The car still looks clean and well-balanced with the covers suitably positioned to maintain the car’s character.
As far as the engine goes, the base Focus relies on just one powertrain: a 2.0-liter, in-line-four engine that produces a tidy 160 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque. No performance numbers were released but don’t expect the Focus to carry the same blazing numbers as that of the much more powerful Focus ST model. So, temper your expectations a little bit because the Focus is likely to "only" come with a 0-to-60 mph time of about 8 seconds to go with a top speed of about 120 mph.