Audi A1 Sportback Makes its World Premiere at the Tokyo Motor Show

The star attraction at Audi‘s booth in Tokyo is the new Audi A1 Sportback, which will be rolling into showrooms across the world – but not in the U.S.- in early 2012.

The more practical, five-door version of the A1 has the same length as the three door model at 3.95 meters (12.96 ft) but is several millimeters taller and wider thus offering a little more space in the rear seats – though don’t expect any wonders.. In addition, buyers can order the Sportback with either a four- or five-seat layout at no extra cost.

There are no surprises under the hood as the powerplants have been carried over unchanged from the three-door model. The A1 Sportback will launch with choice of six four-cylinder turbocharged petrol and three diesel engines.

The petrol range comprises of a 86HP 1.2 TSI, a 122HP 1.4 TSI and a 185HP 1.4 TSI that allows for a 0-100km/h (62mph) sprint time of 7.0 seconds and a top speed of 227km/h (141mph).

On the diesel front you’ll find a 1.6-liter TDI with 90HP or 105HP, and a range-topping 2.0 TDI with 143HP that consumes on average 4.1 liters of fuel per 100 km (57.37 US mpg).

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