The new model draws inspiration from the Audi A1 Sportback in respect to technology and design. It has similar dimensions and features, taut and sporty body lines. This all-new model offers around four centimetres of additional ground clearance in comparison to the Audi A1 Sportback. This provides easier entry and better visibility. It’s sporty, robust off-road stance hints at the model’s extensive capability, while a striking, youthful exterior allows the model to traverse both city and rural environments effortlessly.

The Audi A1 citycarver 30 TFSI is powered by a three-cylinder 1.0 TFSI engine, outputting 85 kW and 200Nm torque, transferring power via a 7 speed S Tronic transmission. Standard 17 inch cast alloy wheels lift the body’s trim level for better driving visibility, while superior suspension is tuned to be harmonious and sporty, allowing for agile handling and precision performance.

A clever companion for drivers, the Audi A1 citycarver offers the latest in infotainment for its segment. A fully digital cockpit display comes standard, alongside extensive connectivity with the Audi virtual cockpit and MMI navigation plus available in the optional infotainment package. The Audi smartphone interface embeds iOS and Android smartphones in their native environment via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto and provides two USB ports, perfect for the tech-savvy driver. The top-of-the-line system is controlled via the 8.8-inch touch display, or simply via voice control.

Audi New Zealand, General Manager, Dean Sheed, says the Audi A1 is a great addition to the premium compact category. “It’s fantastic to be able to offer a fourth variant to the Audi A1 line up. The Audi A1 citycarver combines the best of Audi technology and design to deliver a superior modern vehicle that is fit for today’s urban driver”.

The large, octagonal Singleframe grille is reminiscent of the Audi Q models. Its strongly sculpted honeycomb insert is painted in matt black. There are two distinctive slots above the grille— differentiating it from the A1 Sportback and a small nod to the Sport quattro, a true Audi icon.

The A1 citycarver comes in a choice of eight exterior colours. Drivers have the ability to customise their vehicle with the choice of two different contrasting roof and mirror housing colours - Mythos black or Manhattan grey. The Audi exclusive black styling package is an exterior option that gives the A1 citycarver a more sporty look with lower body attachments in black.

The Audi A1 city carver is available now at Audi Authorised dealerships nationwide. Priced from $45,900 + on road costs.