Audi has confirmed plans for a lightweight, all-electric successor to the A2 — six years after the pioneering first-generation model ceased production.
The new A2 is previewed by this four-seat concept car at the Frankfurt motor show is pencilled in to go on sale in 2013.
The five-door hatch retains the distinctive silhouette, short overhangs, shallow glasshouse treatment and aluminium spaceframe construction of the original A2. However, it receives a more technical appearance in keeping with other recent new Audis, notably the A1, with which the new car will share elements of its chassis and underpinnings.
The concept is 3800mm in length, 1690mm in width and 1490mm in height — that’s 26mm shorter, 17mm wider and 63mm lower than the original A2.
Key design features include a newly interpreted blanked-off version of Audi’s single-frame grille, angular headlamps, short bonnet, high waistline, prominent shoulder line, sloping roof and near-vertical hatchback. The glass roof alters its transparency at the push of a button.