Audi’s Allroad-like A1
The chase for a slice of the compact city crossover cake has reached epidemic proportions as Audi tips its hat in with this allegedly rugged new off-road-inspired A1 Citycarver set to take on the forthcoming Ford Fiesta Active and Polo-based VW T-Cross. The A1 Sportback-based front-drive Citycarver gains 60mm ground clearance, fatter rubber and upgraded suspension as a city-focused ‘urban crossover’. Although not AWD, the little one adds Allroad looks by dark wheel arches and side sills and a stainless steel skid plate, matt black honeycomb grille, nostrils below the bonnet line and a fresh rear bumper as it borrows A1’s 85kW litre 30 TFSI and 115kW 1.5-litre 35 TFSI turbo triples. Expect it in SA later this year.