The new Audi A1 Citycarver has been revealed, offering raised ride height, larger wheels and extra body cladding.

Described by the Ingolstadt-based firm as being comfortable tackling “slightly rough terrain”, the new A1 Citycarver offers 40 mm additional ground clearance over that of the A1 Sportback on which it is based. Sort of like an Allroad model ... but without the firm’s Quattro all-wheel drive, of course.

The newcomer's suspension set-up accounts for 35 mm of that extra clearance, with the rest coming courtesy of larger wheels (which start at 16 inches in diameter).

Of course, the German firm has also fitted underbody protection (finished in a stainless-steel look) as well as added body cladding round the wheelarches and the side sills (standard in grey but also offered in black as part of a package).

Interestingly, Audi will furthermore offer an optional dynamic package, which includes brake discs with red callipers, the Audi drive select dynamic handling system, a sound actuator and adjustable dampers. Wheels up to 18 inches in diameter are also offered with the dynamic package.

Other than that (and the fact the newcomer has two slots below its bonnet compared with the Sportback's three), the front-driven A1 Citycarver isn’t too different from the new five-door A1 hatchback, with its luggage compartment holding a claimed 335 litres. Expect the engine range to carry over as well.

[UPDATE: Audi South Africa says the new A1 Citycarver is currently "under consideration" for a local introduction...]