The Audi Q1 baby SUV will join Audi’s SUV range in 2016, the German manufacturer has announced. The Q1 will sit at the bottom of the SUV line-up and be aimed at Nissan Juke customers who want something more premium. Having filled almost every number from A1 to A8 in its car line-up, Audi is set to follow suit with its SUV range.
Our image shows how the Q1 could look, with a coupe-inspired roofline as well as chiseled flanks and body cladding for a more aggressive look. The interior should mirror that of current Audi models and make use of the MMI system and possibly introduce a touchscreen interface.
The new baby crossover will make use of the VW Group’s versatile MQB architecture. It will use the smallest version of this platform, which it will share with the all-new VW Polo (due in 2015) and next Audi A1, set to appear in 2016. That means quattro 4x4 versions are possible, even if the vast majority of sales will be front-wheel drive.
The new Audi Q1 is expected to be revealed at the Detroit Motor Show very soon, and be available in early 2016. Plus, the Q1 will be joined by the sporty Q2, based on the Crosslane Coupé revealed at the 2012 Paris show.
Expect the entry-level Q1 SE petrol to start at around £16,000.
Engines are expected to be carried over from the A1 supermini, meaning a range of petrol and diesel engines all with stop/start should be available from launch. An entry-level version with the same three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol from the VW up! is also a strong possibility.
Diesel options are likely to include a new 1.4-litre TDI, plus a higher-powered 1.6 TDI. A six-speed manual will be standard, and VW’s new 10-speed DSG – tipped to debut on next year’s new Passat – is expected to be the automatic option.
The plug-in hybrid system currently found in the A3 e-tron could also be adopted for use the Q1 for a plug-in hybrid version with sub 25g/km CO2 emissions. The Q1 is likely to get a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, with the newly developed 10-speed DSG gearbox an optional extra on conventionally powered models.
The Q2 will be 4,250mm long, 1,900mm wide and 1,500mm tall, with a 2,550mm wheelbase, but the Q1 is likely to be just four metres long, around 1,750mm wide and 1,570mm high. That makes it a little taller than the A1, but slightly smaller than the Juke.
We already know VW is lining-up a supermini-based SUV in the form of the Taigun, which will use the underpinnings from the up!, and is scheduled to arrive in 2016. BMW and Mercedes also have entry-level SUVs in the pipeline, likely to be called the X-City and X-Class respectively.
The Q1 continues the expansion of the Audi range, with the manufacturer claiming it hopes to have more than 60 models in its line up by 2020 – the range currently stands at 49. We have no indication of price for the new Q1 at this stage, but a starting price of around £16,000 would put it close to a mid-range Nissan Juke.