Audi’s alpha-numerical line-up for its ’A family’ is giving birth to a new model in a few weeks at the Frankfurt Motor Show. At this rate, the German automaker will only need to come out with an A9 and an A10 to complete numbers 1-10. But that’s neither here nor there because the first order of business is the newest member of the family, the A2 Concept.
As a pure electric concept study, the reborn Audi A2 leaves behind its previous incarnation as a small MPV and is turned into a five-door hatchback - one that’s actually smaller than the A1. Full details behind the A2 Concept will be released at the Frankfurt Motor Show but from the information we have, it doesn’t appear that the A2 Concept will be made entirely out of aluminum, which was one of the main characteristics of the car’s old model.
A few other things we found out about the A2 Concept is that it will come with a flat interior floorboard, four individual seats, a center console attached to the driver’s seat, and a rear console that extends forward between the two rear seats. The concept will also come with what appears to be a "powerful electric drive system for agile performance and long range."
That last part comes from Audi themselves so until we know more about the car, we’re going to have to take their word for it. Not that the wait should be long since Frankfurt is just around the corner.
UPDATE 01/02/13: Any hope we had of seeing a production version of the Audi A2 Concept has been sniffed out after Audi announced the cancellation of the model in light of slowing global interest in electric vehicles. That’s all she wrote, fellas. Too bad, too, because we actually were excited to see how the production model of the A2 Concept would have turned out.
According to Autocar, the forthcoming Audi A2 will be prepared as an all-electric vehicle when it hits the streets in the next few years.
The second incarnation of the Audi A2 will be starkly different from its predecessor, which bombed in sales because of the expensive spaceframe construction that it came with. This time around, Audi is being more prudent and will instead use a steel monocoque for the A2, similar to what is being used for the A1, the company’s new premium hatchback.
Likewise, the report that the A2 will solely be an electric car is indicative of what Audi chairman Rupert Stadler mentioned as one of the company’s main priorities, that being the company’s stance in pushing for electric vehicles. With the new all-electric A2 already in the oven, it wouldn’t surprise us the least bit if the car is pegged as the competitor for the BMW Megacity, which is scheduled to hit dealerships in 2013.
UPDATE 06/05/2012: Audi has been experimenting with the electric-car market for a few years and officially unveiled plans for the A1 e-tron and an electric-powered A2 recently. It does not look like either one is going to happen any time soon, according to a report from Car.
The entire A2 line will likely continue as expected, sans the electric model. This leaves a gasoline and diesel model as the only drivetrain options.