Renderings of new compact crossovers have recently hit the web and they are showing us how the upcoming Audi Q1, Mercedes-Benz GLC and GLC Coupe will look like.
The smallest premium crossover on the market, the Audi Q1, is currently in development and it is believed to be inspired by the Crosslane Coupe. The model in question will probably get a 3-door body style but don’t act too surprised if the five-door will be the only one available. The Q1 will be riding on the lightweight MQB platform, signed by the Volkswagen Group, which has proved to be a success on several models. The smaller brother of the Q3 should be getting a 1.4 liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine under its hood, connected to a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual clutch automatic, along with a 1.4L TDI. The SQ1 should come with 230 HP from the 2.0L turbo while a plug-in hybrid will make use of a 1.2L four-cylinder. Quattro all-wheel drive will be offered as an option. The vehicle should be introduced by the end of 2015.
Another rendering is referring to the GLC, which is basically Mercedes-Benz’s newest generation of the GLK, wearing a different name. the model in question will grow in size in order to make room for its smaller brother ,the GLA, and the front axle will be pushed forward in order to accommodate the longer wheelbase. The model will continue to rival the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5 but it believed to offer more comfort thanks to the increased wheelbase and size. The crossover should be offered with a new 1.8L four-cylinder engine in the GLC 250 version, while the 2.1 liter four-cylinder diesel from the current GLK will be transformed into the GLC 250 BlueTEC. It’s not known at this time whether the new Mercedes GLC will receive a true AMG version.
Last but not least, the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe comes into focus. This will be the sportier version of the GLC and it will be carrying some of the lines of the larger GLE Coupe. The model in question will rival the BMW X4 and it will come with the instantly recognizable sloping roofline, along with the overall design of the regular GLC. The interior design layout, most body panels, the technology and the engine lineup will be carried over from the GLC. A sportier chassis will be adopted by the crossover and chances are this will also get some more powerful units, besides the standard ones.