Audi has unveiled the A1 Citycarver as a more rugged, off-road-inspired version of its smallest model to rival the Ford Fiesta Active in international markets.
Based on the standard A1 Sportback, the Citycarver receives around 5cm more of ground clearance, with the addition of larger wheels and an upgraded suspension setup. However, it is positioned as a more city-focused ‘urban crossover’ than the brand’s fully-fledged Allroad models.
Adding to its robust image is a protective bodykit similar to that fitted to Audi’s range of larger Allroad models, and comprises contrasting wheel arches and side sills, with a stainless-steel skid plate enhancing the Citycarver’s off-road credibility and durability.
At the front, the Citycarver is differentiated from the standard A1 by two distinctive slots below the bonnet shut line and a matt-black honeycomb grille, while the rear bumper has been redesigned to more closely resemble Audi’s Q2 and Q3 compact SUVs.
The Citycarver can be equipped with two petrol engines taken from the A1 line-up – the 115.5hp 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbocharged 30 TFSI engine, or the larger 150hp 1.5-litre 35 TFSI.
Nine colours are available, with buyers able to select a grey or black contrasting roof. The stainless-steel and grey exterior trim elements can be finished in black with the addition of an optional styling package.
Inside, trim accents finished in copper, mint, orange or grey mark the Citycarver out from the standard A1. A 10.1-inch touchscreen, voice control, Bang and Olufsen sound system and digital instrument cluster feature as standard, too.
The Citycarver will come with three trim levels – Design Selection adds interior mood lighting over entry-level Advanced, with range-topping S Line offering a leather interior, roof spoiler and larger alloy wheels.
To celebrate the new model’s arrival, a special edition will be available for a limited time. The A1 Citycarver Edition One is finished in grey or orange, sits atop range-topping 18-inch alloy wheels, has tinted light clusters and features black exterior trim all round.
The A1 Citycarver will be available internationally in the coming months. There is no word on when Audi India will bring the A1 Citycarver to our market, but an India launch is unlikely as the A1 hatchback is not expected here. However, the brand does have plans to bring its new flagships – the A8 sedan and the Q8 SUV – along with the next-gen Q3 and all-electric e-tron SUV here in the coming months.
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