2016 Audi Q1 – latest pictures
Autocar reader Simon Page spotted This specific Q1 prototype testing inside Peak District
completely new compact SUV to join Audi’s Q range next year, based on MQB platform along with borrowing engines by the smaller A1
The upcoming Audi Q1 has again been spotted testing ahead of its world debut at the Geneva motor show next March.
Autocar reader Simon Page spotted This specific disguised prototype inside Peak District, testing in convoy with some other Audi SUV versions. The Q1 will go on sale next year as a premium rival to the likes of the Nissan Juke along with Renault Captur.
Based on the smallest edition of Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform, the Q1 forms part of Audi’s plan to launch several completely new SUVs to bolster its Q-badged line-up. some other versions which form part of the plan include the Q8 along with Q6.
Although heavily camouflaged, pictures of test mules have shown in which the Q1 will not simply be a jacked-up edition of the A1 supermini. the item’s supposed to feature a smaller interpretation of the Q7’s front grille along with front bumper design, along with also uses slimline LED headlight clusters.
At the rear, the sloping roofline ends in a boot-mounted lip spoiler – much like the current A1 – along with includes a chunky rear bumper. Centeng cladding will feature around the lower edges of the auto.
The Q1 is usually understood to be similar in length, width along with wheelbase to the three-door A3, which is usually 4237mm long along with 1777mm tall, having a 2601mm wheelbase.
Inside, Audi could either style the several-seat cabin on the existing A1 or give the Q1 the same digital dashboard technology as found inside TT along with Q7. the item’s known in which Audi wants to use the digital dashboard technology on more of its vehicles, as the item 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 by 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 along with is usually likely to be the volume seller – inside A1, the engine offers 114bhp along with CO2 emissions of 93g/km.
Transmissions should include a standard six-speed manual, with Volkswagen’s completely 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 along with 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 specific year in which development of the auto was on track for its launch early in 2016, along with in which production would certainly take place at a completely new factory based close to its Ingolstadt HQ.
The use of the sophisticated MQB platform along with the fact the item is usually built in Germany suggest the Q1 will be an upmarket machine having a cost to match, rather than a cheaper, entry-level, style like the A1 supermini.
The current A1 range starts at £14,355 along with 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 is usually pitching the Q1 at younger buyers along with insiders say the item is usually a response to a demand for ever-smaller premium versions. Indeed, the A3 has at This specific point surpassed the A4 as Audi’s biggest seller inside UK.
“A premium car is usually justified in This specific segment,” said one insider. “As volumes in segments such as these have gone up, so has demand for premium versions in them.”
Audi first confirmed the Q1 for production in 2013, along with design work was completed by November 2014. the item’s been styled by Audi design boss Marc Lichte. The style was previewed previously as the Crosslane Coupé in 2012, yet the design has moved on significantly since then.
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