Audi has recently announced its plans to introduce the Q1 sub-compact crossover next year as the model will be produced in the Ingolstadt factory.
Audi may have the Q3, BMW the X1 and Mercedes-Benz the GLA but the Ingolstadt based carmaker is planning on taking things to a whole new level with a model even smaller than the current Q3. We are talking about the Q1 which will be a sub-compact crossover aimed towards rivals such as the Nissan Juke, the Renault Captur, the Peugeot 2008, the Ford EcoSport, Chevrolet Trax, Opel Mokka, future Volkswagen Polo SUV and, more important, the upcoming BMW Urban Cross. The announcement has been made recently by Rupert Stadler, the Audi chief executive, in a talk with Auto Express.
“With A1 we proved that premium doesn’t mean big – people want a quality premium car but not one that is large. Q1 will do exactly the same – it could really exceed all of our expectations as this area of the market is massively strong at the moment and is only set to get even stronger”, said the Audi official to our source.
The new Audi Q1 will be riding on the MQB platform, made by the Volkswagen Group, and it will be similar in size to the Audi A3. This will get the same petrol and diesel engine range as the A1 and this means that the 1.4 liter turbo four-cylinder petrol burner will be found under its hood, along with the 1.6 liter diesel. Rumor has it that a 1.0 liter turbocharged 3-cylinder unit will be introduced too. When the Q1 will join its larger brothers, Audi is hoping that the SUV range will account for 50 percent of its overall sales.