The Audi A2 will make its comeback in 2012.
The second-generation model will drop the pricey spaceframe construction of the original A2 for a conventional steel monocoque borrowed from the A1.
This move is expected to result in ultra-keen pricing against front-drive rivals from BMW and Mercedes.
The new A2’s styling remains under wraps, but Audi has hinted that it will follow the template of its predecessor, with a tall one-box design and relatively narrow tracks.
Audi chairman Rupert Stadler has said electric drive is a priority and acknowledges the range extender set-up in the A1 e-tron is a distinct possibility for the A2.
More conventional versions will share a range of four-cylinder petrols and diesels with the A1.