Audi has officially confirmed plans for a lightweight, all-electric successor to the A2 – six years after the pioneering first generation model ceased production.
Previewed by this contemporary four-seat concept car set to make its world debut at next week’s Frankfurt motor show the five-door hatchback retains the distinctive one and half box silhouette, short overhangs, shallow glass house treatment and aluminium spaceframe construction of the original A2, still considered one of the most advanced small cars ever placed into large scale production.
But while the first generation model, launched in 1999, boasted a rounded exterior design, the new second generation A2, tentatively due to go on sale in 2013, receives a more technical appearance in keeping with other recent new Audi models, most notably the A1, with which the new car is planned to share elements of its chassis and underpinnings.
Described as being 3800mm in length, 1690mm in width and 1490mm in height, the latest Audi concept is 26mm shorter, 17mm wider and 63mm lower than the original A2.
Key design features, as revealed by Audi’s latest concept, include a newly interpreted blanked off version of Audi’s signature single frame grille, angular headlamps, short and gently angled bonnet, large wheel houses, high waist line, prominent shoulder – or tornado line as Audi prefers to call it, sloping roof and near vertical hatchback.
The glass roof of the concept alters its transparency at the push of a button, hinting of plans by Audi to offer an electro-magnetic arrangement similar to the optional glass structure on the new Mercedes-Benz SLK.