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Audi A1 Convertible (2013): Ingolstadt's Fiat 500C rival
Georg Kacher (artist's impression by Christian Schulte)
30 March 2012 09:14
Audi is preparing an open-top A1 convertible for launch in 2013.
However, this is no full drop-top cabriolet; the Audi A1 soft-top will have a tin opener taken to its metal structure and a rollback fabric roof will take its place.
So the Audi A1 Convertible will be like the Fiat 500C?
That's right. The Audi solution, as depicted in our artist's impression, will be a lower tech solution which still gives al fresco motoring, but without the full drop-top experience - and expense of engineering a full decapitation.
The fabric foldback roof will be electrically operated, sliding back at the touch of a button. It's not yet clear whether the roof will open in stages so you can drive with it part-open or whether the hood must be fully retracted for cruising on the open road.
What else is coming on the Audi A1 range?
Well, the expansion of the A1 family we told you about is happening, albeit slowly. Audi has already unveiled the A1 Sportback, a five-door hatch to sit alongside the three-door.
This Audi A1 Convertible will be the next bodystyle to join the ranks - but it won't be the last.
Audi is planning a smaller soft-roader to join the Q family. It had previously been positioned as a Q1 baby SUV, but CAR understands this model is now likely to be called the Q2 to position it a notch higher up the range in buyers' minds.
This Nissan Juke rival from Audi is likely to take a bow in late 2013.