The Audi Q1 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.
More specific details on the baby SUV are yet to be confirmed, but
the Q1 will be based on the smallest version of the VW group's MQB
architecture – which it will share with the all-new VW Polo, also due in
2015. That means Quattro 4x4 versions are possible, even if the vast
majority of sales will be front-wheel drive.
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
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.
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
Our exclusive 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
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. For more details click here.