2016 Audi Q1 – first spy pictures
The Audi Q1 will go on sale early in 2016
brand new compact SUV to join Audi’s Q range next year, based on MQB platform as well as borrowing engines via the smaller A1
These are the first spy pictures of the brand new Audi Q1, which will go on sale next year as a premium rival to the likes of the Nissan Juke as well as Renault Captur. The brand new design can be anticipated to receive its world debut at the Geneva motor show next March.
Based on the smallest type of Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform, the Q1 forms part of Audi’s plan to launch several brand new SUVs to bolster its Q-badged line-up. different products which form part of the plan include the Q8 as well as Q6.
Although heavily camouflaged, This particular test mule shows the Q1 will not simply be a jacked-up type of the A1 supermini. This particular’s anticipated to feature a smaller interpretation of the Q7’s front grille as well as front bumper design, as well as also uses slimline LED headlight clusters. At the rear, the sloping roofline ends in a boot-mounted lip spoiler – much like the current A1 – as well as includes a chunky rear bumper. Centeng cladding will feature around the lower edges of the auto.
The Q1 can be understood to be similar in length, width as well as wheelbase to the three-door A3, which can be 4237mm long as well as 1777mm tall, using a 2601mm wheelbase.
Inside, Audi could either design the a few-seat cabin on the existing A1 or give the Q1 the same digital dashboard technology as found inside TT as well as Q7. This particular’s known in which Audi wants to use the digital dashboard technology on more of its vehicles, as This particular negates the need for a separate infotainment screen while also giving the auto a premium look. the auto will offer a raised-up seating position, as expected in an SUV.
Engines for the Q1 will be borrowed via the existing A1 line-up, meaning the entry-level car will get a 94bhp 1.0-litre petrol engine while higher up the range will be a 123bhp 1.4-litre TFSi petrol. The A1’s staple 1.6-litre diesel will also be offered as well as can be likely to be the volume seller – inside A1, the engine offers 114bhp as well as CO2 emissions of 93g/km.
Transmissions should include a standard six-speed manual, with Volkswagen’s brand new 10-speed DSG transmission available as an option.
Audi could also launch a hybrid e-tron variant of the Q1 further down the line. The 201bhp hybrid powertrain already found inside A3 e-tron – which combines a 1.4-litre petrol engine with an electric motor – could be adapted for use inside Q1. A sporty variant, possibly badged SQ1 as well as using the 228bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine found inside S1, also can’t be ruled out.
Although natively front-wheel drive, Audi will also offer its quattro all-wheel drive system as an option.
Audi envisions the Q1 as being the first true premium supermini-sized SUV on the market. Company boss Rupert Stadler confirmed earlier This particular year in which development of the auto was on track for its launch early in 2016, as well as in which production might take place at a brand new factory based close to its Ingolstadt HQ.
The use of the sophisticated MQB platform as well as the fact This particular can be built in Germany suggest the Q1 will be an upmarket machine using a cost to match, rather than a cheaper, entry-level, design like the A1 supermini.
The current A1 range starts at £14,355 as well as rises to £19,565 for a top-end A1 Sportback while the larger Q3 starts at £25,380. Therefore, a starting cost of around £20,000 for the Q1 seems likely, pitching the Q1 well against premium rivals like the £17,105 Mini Countryman.
Audi first confirmed the Q1 for production in 2013, as well as design work was completed by November 2014. This particular’s been styled by Audi design boss Marc Lichte. The design was previewed previously as the Crosslane Coupé in 2012, however the design has moved on significantly since then.
Audi can be pitching the Q1 at younger buyers as well as insiders say This particular can be a response to a demand for ever-smaller premium products. Indeed, the A3 has at This particular point surpassed the A4 as Audi’s biggest seller inside UK.
“A premium car can be justified in This particular segment,” said one insider. “As volumes in segments such as these have gone up, so has demand for premium products in them.
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