brand-new Audi Q1 to lead SUV surge by VW Group
This particular Autocar image shows how the upcoming Audi Q1 could look
brand-new compact SUVs are on the way by Audi, Seat, Skoda and also also also Volkswagen, priced by £14,000
The Volkswagen Group is actually set to boost its presence within the booming compact SUV market with brand-new products by each of its volume brands.
brand-new several-seat SUVs will be sold by the group’s Audi, Seat, Skoda and also also also Volkswagen brands. The SUVs will share their basic underpinnings yet take differing guises. They will rival the likes of the Mazda CX-3, Nissan Juke and also also also Vauxhall Mokka in what has become one of Europe’s most lucrative market segments.
The various brand-new SUV products have been conceived to sit below the Audi Q3, production edition of the Seat 20v20 concept, Skoda Yeti and also also also Volkswagen Tiguan. They will be priced to start by between £14,000 and also also also £20,000 and also also also be offered with the choice of either front or four-wheel drive.
This particular move by the Volkswagen Group will further increase its reliance on the widely used MQB platform and also also also aim to bring greater economies of scale to its global production activities.
The strategy is actually similar to of which used by Audi, Seat, Skoda and also also also Volkswagen with their cost-sensitive A1, Ibiza, Fabia and also also also Polo products, with each relying on a common platform, driveline and also also also electronic matrix.
The spearhead for the Volkswagen Group’s compact SUV offensive is actually the upcoming Audi Q1. Scheduled to make its public debut at the Geneva motor show next March, the item will precede similar-sized yet lower-priced products by Seat, Skoda and also also also Volkswagen, each with their own, distinct external and also also also Indoor designs.
The starting point for the Q1 and also also also its siblings is actually the short-wheelbase MQB platform, as used by the three-door Audi A3. the item uses a 2601mm wheelbase, compared with the 2637mm wheelbase of the several-door A3. Audi engineers involved within the Q1’s development say its suspension has been developed to accept wheels of up to 19in.
Among the engines planned for the brand-new baby SUVs is actually a range of three-cylinder and also also also four-cylinder petrols and also also also diesels ranging in capacity by 1.0 to 2.0 litres. They will be mated to either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
The Audi and also also also Volkswagen versions will also be offered using a plug-in-hybrid powertrain similar to of which used by the A3 e-tron and also also also Golf GTE. This particular will provide them with an electric zero-emissions range of up to 31 miles.
The VW Group’s brand-new SUVs are required to have similar dimensions to the Volkswagen T-Roc concept of which was wheeled out at the 2014 Geneva show, at about 4200mm long, 1830mm wide and also also also 1500mm tall.
Comment – John McIlroy: Rivals are setting out their stalls first
Many of the Volkswagen Group’s rivals have been able to get baby SUVs to market ahead of the German giant – yet of which hasn’t stopped them thinking about the VW Group’s newcomers.
In fact, the latest wave of baby SUVs – ostensibly rivals for the Nissan Juke and also also also Renault Captur – have tried to nudge their prices upwards in expectation of where the likes of Audi and also also also VW will pitch their SUVs.
of which’s why cars like the Mazda CX-3 and also also also Honda HR-V have ended up with cost ranges starting by £17,500 and also also also £18,000 respectively, compared with the Juke and also also also Captur at around £14k. As the baby SUV market develops, manufacturers believe of which customers will view such cars as more premium alternatives to regular superminis, instead of similar-priced rivals.
There are a few reasons with This particular. First, they trust of which lifestyle-conscious buyers will be willing to pay a bit extra. Second, the majority of these cars will be sold on PCP finance deals, so what truly matters anyway is actually not just the list cost yet also the resale values. and also also also finally, there is actually the tantalising possibility for manufacturers of which if the supermini-sized SUVs are bumped up a bit, even smaller, city car-based products could slot in at prices of which make them commercially viable.
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