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Audi jacks up the A1 for new 2020 citycarver

Audi jacks up the A1 for new 2...
Audi's new lifted hatch for the young, urban types
Audi's new lifted hatch for the young, urban types
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A slightly lifted A1
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A slightly lifted A1
"Rugged" touches include matt black wheel arches
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"Rugged" touches include matt black wheel arches
Still has a sporty profile
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Still has a sporty profile
Nice wheels
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Nice wheels
Racy looking tail lights
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Racy looking tail lights
Interior is largely unchanged form the A1 Sportback
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Interior is largely unchanged form the A1 Sportback
Matte black grill and hood nostrils
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Matte black grill and hood nostrils
Digital dash and 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen
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Digital dash and 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen
The citycarver is built for round-town work with some capability for slightly rough surfaces
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The citycarver is built for round-town work with some capability for slightly rough surfaces
Dynamic handling package can improve the ride if you plan to drive it hard
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Dynamic handling package can improve the ride if you plan to drive it hard
Adaptive cruise and park assist are optional
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Adaptive cruise and park assist are optional
Audi's new lifted hatch for the young, urban types
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Audi's new lifted hatch for the young, urban types
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Audi has thrown a bone to "young, urban types" with the elevated and ever so slightly off-roady citycarver (yes, it's all lower case). Based on the A1 Sportback, it gives you two inches' (4 cm) worth of extra visibility around town, and a slight appearance of ruggedness.

Visually distinguishable from the A1 thanks to that extra ride height, matte black wheel arch covers, a matte black grille, some stainless steel accents around the lower edges, a pair of nostril gaps under the hood and its own wheel designs, the citycarver is otherwise pretty much an A1 tweaked for drivers that prefer a little extra road presence over a low center of gravity.

The interior is more or less unchanged, complete with the A1's funky, youthful color accents, ambient lighting, 10.25-inch dash and 10.1-inch touchscreen for navigation and infotainment. Three "equipment lines" are available: advanced, design selection and S line, with the latter offering the option of Alcantara/synthetic leather seats and a roof edge spoiler.

Interior is largely unchanged form the A1 Sportback
Interior is largely unchanged form the A1 Sportback

The suspension can be upgraded with a Dynamic package, which also makes the brake calipers red. Lane departure warnings and pre-sense front are included as standard, the latter attempting to stop frontal accidents while stopping just short of full-on auto-emergency braking. You can option up with things like adaptive cruise and park assist.

There's no real attempt at off-road capability here, although Audi goes so far as to say the citycarver will be at home "in the city, on country roads and highways and even on slightly rough terrain." Righty-o then.

Source: Audi

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