The next-generation Audi A1 has been spotted running road trials again, working towards its eventual debut next year solely as a five-door Sportback bodystyle, as the three-door hatch has been rumoured to be discontinued for the coming generation.

The A1 is expected to boast of a longer wheelbase than before, giving occupants better legroom courtesy of the platform it shares with the recently-launched Volkswagen Polo. the latest in infotainment and cabin technology will feature here, including the optional 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.

To recap, the Audi A1 will be larger in most dimensions save for being lower for a sportier, more muscular stance, and the MQB platform that forms the new car’s basis will give it weight savings and improved flexibility. Despite the halogen lamps seen here, the A1 is expected to sport LEDs all round.

Powertrain-wise, the A1 is expected to include a new 1.0 litre, three-cylinder base engine in its lineup, along with the new 150 PS 1.5 litre turbocharged petrol engine similar to the one in the facelifted, seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf.

Audi surely won’t be passing up the opportunity to create some tasty performance variants, with one possibility being a reincarnation of the S1 with 250 hp and all-wheel drive from a 2.0 litre turbocharged four, while an even more potent RS version could boast of 300 hp in a configuration previously seen in the S3 and the VW Golf R.