Audi has revealed the smallest SUV in its Q1 line-up. The new model will aim at attracting patrons of Nissan Juke and the like; all those seeking an upmarket model.
The Smaller Crossover SUV – Q1
The premium car manufacturer has covered almost all numbers ranging from A1 to A8 for its car range. And now it seems that Audi, with its SUV line-up, is all geared up to follow suit. The all-new Q1 SUV marks the beginning of a new era in the Audi world.
The smaller Audi Q1 will join company’s other SUV models – Q3, Q5 and the popular Q7. The Q1 has been designed and will be marketed to grab the sales share of its closest rival, Nissan Juke. Audi will target that segment of Juke buyers who crave for something more extravagant and exclusive. The car is expected to appear in showrooms in early 2016.
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This upcoming model will be released with a sportier Q2, inspired from the Crosslane Coupé introduced at the Paris Motor Show in 2012.
Built and Dimensions
The baby crossover – Q1 – will be created using VW Group’s sturdy and versatile MQB platform. It will be based on MQB architecture’s smallest version, which is also being used in the 2015-due VW Polo model and 2016-due Audi A1.
The Q2 will measure 4.25m in length, 1.9m in width, 1.5m in height and sport a 2.55m long wheelbase. Q1 will be smaller with 4m length, 1.75m width and 1.57m height. These dimensions will make it a tad taller than A1 and a bit smaller than Nissan Juke.
Audi is expected to offer Quattro all-wheel drive as an option; however, most models will feature front-wheel drive as a standard.
The small new Q1 will share downsized versions of next A1’s engine models featuring stop-start. The range is expected to include a variant of 3-cylinder, 1.0l turbo used in the entry-level up!, a 4-cylinder 1.2l petrol and a latest 1.4l TFSI petrol employed in Audi A3 e-tron. Also, rivalling the Nissan Juke Nismo will be a range-topping 1.6l 200bhp turbo petrol engine fitted to SQ1.
Diesel options will most likely include a 1.4l TDI and a 1.6 TDI with higher power output compared to the former. Gear transmission options will include a six-speed manual offered as a standard and VW’s latest 10-speed auto DSG as an option.
Appearance, Interiors and Other Features
Q1 is expected to don a coupé-inspired, Q3-like roofline and stout side-sill cladding that will make Q1 appear as if its ride height is higher than actual. Like in A1, Audi will proffer abundant scope for customisation, including colour options for the fresh trapezoidal grille – a new Audi SUV design feature.
The interiors will sport Audi A3-inspired minimalistic design theme; expect most functions to be operated by the central screen and Audi’s MMI. Bluetooth connectivity and six-speaker hi-tech stereo will be offered as a standard. The infotainment system will come equipped with Google Maps and Internet-powered search, aimed to appeal to the urban youth. The entry-level baby crossover Q1, in SE petrol trim, will most probably be priced at a starting price of about £16,000.