The brand new 2020 Audi A1 citycarver (yes, that’s lowercase per Audi) has made its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show finished in the same bright shade of orange as the launch car we saw in late July.
The A1 citycarver is a high-riding version of the regular A1 Sportback, the most obvious difference between them being the former’s 40 mm (1.6-inch) additional ground clearance. Audi says this enables it to tackle “slightly rough terrain”, but considering the car is aimed at urban dwellers and is front-wheel drive only (hence the absence of an “Allroad” moniker), we doubt many drivers will ever have to deal with anything too demanding.
Viewed from the front, one of the aspects that immediately distinguishes the citycarver from the Sportback is that it has two, rather three, horizontal air slots above the front grille. In addition, it features black accents on the front splitter, black wheel arches, stainless steel underbody protection, and more rugged bumpers.
Depending on the market, the A1 citycarver will be available with a number of powertrains. In the UK, for example, it can be had with two petrol engines, a 114 HP, 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder and a 1.5-liter four-cylinder delivering 148 HP. More options are expected to be added to the lineup down the line.
Order books for the A1 citycarver opened last month and the first deliveries are expected in the fall.