Audi is expanding its range of Q-branded SUVs with the introduction of a baby model (the Q1) in 2016.
Similar in size to the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur, but will offer the premium feel that buyers expect from the manufacturer due to hit showrooms early 2016.
It is anticipated that Audi designers will use the Q7 shape and look likely aim for a ‘baby Q7‘look for the Q1.
The new model will feature a re-designed hexagonal grille design that appears on the refreshed Q7. The metallic frame now runs out towards the headlights, which will be similarly sharp, but will include LED running lights on all models.
One can expect a sharp shoulder line cover the length of the car, with broad wheel arches for a more muscular look, with large alloy wheels and a raised chassis height to complete the look.
It is anticipated that the most likely option will be an adapted VW/Audi group’s MQB platform with cabin space closer to the A3 and not the A1.
It is anticipated that the 1.4-litre turbo petrol and 1.6-litre turbo diesel will be used. A four-wheel-drive system is also likely to be offered (one could expect a super-fast SQ1 model).
Positioned slightly below the Q3, Audi’s Q1 is expected to be the smallest premium crossover on the market. The image was released when Audi announced the Q1 would enter production.
The Audi Q1 is designed to give Audi a lead in the fast-growing small-crossover segment: “It is part of a broad Q-model strategy,” says CEO Rupert Stadler.