Here’s a render of the future Audi Q1 image

The Ingolstadt-based luxury automaker has confirmed for some time their plans to upgrade their Q models line-up with the smallest addition to date – the Q1.

Because the auto industry usually revs its engines faster than automakers can keep pace, our design artists skipped the usual official channel scenario and decided to present their own take on the model, which will be built in Germany.

The baby crossover SUV is actually a long way from the official sales start, only expected in showrooms sometimes in 2016 – after the top-of the range Q7 gets a long-overdue next generation.

The Q1 is also rumored to be available in a SQ1 form, with the standard model based on the smallest configuration of the VW Group’s scalable MQB platform, rather than a shortened A3 one. The Q1 will share the configuration with the next generation VW Polo (presented sometimes in the latter part of 2015) and the second-generation A1 that could come early in 2016 – they will all share the engines as well.

We’re expecting the Q1 model to be also available in the traditional Quattro 4×4 configuration, although the bulk of the sales would be represented by the front-wheel drive versions, designed to take on the likes of Nissan’s Juke or Mini’s Countryman.