The next-generation Audi A1 has been spotted numerous times, and our European spy photographers have once again caught the supermini in the hills of Scandinavia. The A1, which is set to make its world debut sometime this year, was spotted in two trims – one with LED lamps and the other with the good old halogen units.

Apparently, the A1 will only be available in a five-door configuration, and it’s set to ride on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform, which currently underpins sister models Seat Ibiza and Volkswagen Polo. With that, expect growth in nearly all aspects of its dimensions, including a roomier cabin.

Although inconclusive, word is that the A1 will ditch the old 1.4 litre TFSI engine in favour of a new range of more efficient engines. The 1.0 litre three-cylinder TFSI engine (currently available in the outgoing model, makes 95 hp) will form the base offering, and one rung up could be the new 1.5 litre TFSI unit, producing outputs in the region of 150 hp. This replaces the older 1.4 litre lump which, in its highest state of tune, made 148 hp and features cylinder-on-demand technology.

More interestingly, the range-topping 1.8 litre TFSI will be replaced by a new 2.0 litre engine making around 200 hp, and the same engine will be used to pack up to 250 hp for the S1. There are even rumours suggesting that Audi plans to develop an RS version of the supermini. The numbers suggested? Up to 300 hp, it seems. Regardless, the company’s quattro all-wheel drive system will be made standard across the range, where previously it was unique to the S1 and the hot A1 quattro only.

On the other hand, electrified versions of the A1 appear unlikely at this stage, at least not in plug-in hybrid or full EV forms. Instead, the A1 may get a high-volt mild-hybrid electrical system to power various in-car systems, but the system cannot be adapted for emissions-free driving.

The outgoing Audi A1 is now eight years old, having premiered at the Geneva motor show in 2010. Will the upcoming show this March see the introduction of the second-generation A1?