Who said small cars were bad in the snow? While all of the automotive industry was focused on the 2011 Detroit Auto Show earlier this week, Audi slipped in a small press release confirming that it is testing a Audi A1 quattro prototype, which will lead to a future all-wheel-drive version of the subcompact hatchback.
The new A1 quattro will ensure quattro all-wheel-drive fully represented across the Audi range.
“The latest member of the burgeoning quattro family uses technology very similar to that used in A3 and TT models, Audi said in a statement. “At its core is an electronically controlled, hydraulically actuated multi-plate clutch located in front of the rear axle for an optimized distribution of weight. Inside is a package of plates that rotate in an oil bath.”
One of the development vehicles is taking part in the ‘Fascination of quattro’ event taking place in Montreal to celebrate the past, present and future of the legendary four-wheel-drive system.
Refresher: The 2011 Audi A1 will go on sale in Europe later this year with prices starting around 16,000 euros ($22,062 USD). Power will come from a lineup of 4-cylinder engines, which consists of two TDI diesels and two TFSI gasoline units with output ranging from 84-hp to 122-hp. Mated to a 7-speed S tronic transmission, fuel-economy will range from 44 mpg and 62 mpg. At the 2010 Paris Motor Show, Audi unveiled the A1 1.4 TFSI powered by a 1.4L direct-injected Twincharger 4-cylinder making 185-hp
– By: Omar Rana