AUDI A1 SPORTBACK
Audi's 2012 A1 Sportback has been revealed today, just hours after images of the new hatch surfaced in the Russian press.
The A1 Sportback enters as a more practical five-door alternative to the three-door model already on sale in Australia. At 3954mm long and riding on a 2469mm wheelbase, the two cars are virtually identical in size.
The five-door benefits from a slightly taller roof however, allowing for better headroom in the rear.
Rather than squeezing three passengers into the light car's rear, the A1 Sportback is fitted with just two seats in the back as standard, making the car a four-seater. A fifth seat will be available as a no-cost option however.
In five-door form, the A1 Sportback weighs in at 1065kg, about 25kg greater than the three-door.
Internationally, the A1 Sportback will be offered with the same engine range that drives the three-door variant, including a frugal 1.2 litre petrol engine (not offered in Australia), two 1.4 litre petrol engines and a 1.6 litre diesel.
A more powerful 105kW diesel will hit the A1 line-up in the middle of next year, giving the diesel A1 a 0-100km/h time of 8.5 seconds and fuel consumption figures of 4.1 l/100km on the combined cycle.
Audi Australia has confirmed a mid-2012 local debut for the A1 Sportback, with details to be revealed closer to launch.