According to a new report, Audi is planning on delivering a new SUV model, namely the Q1, planned to tackle the booming European subcompact SUV/crossover segment.
If built, the Q1 would reach the market in 2016 and would be the first premium entry in the segment. Rival Mercedes-Benz is also working on bringing its own subcompact SUV to the segment, one that could go on sale in 2018 and be named the X class, according to several reports.
Europe’s volume automakers are launching subcompact SUVs to harness their growing popularity, following Nissan Juke’s ongoing success. Recent unveilings have included the Opel Mokka, Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008. VW is also planning to join the segment with the Taigun.
According to the report in the AutoBild magazine, the Q1 would retail for about 20,000 euros in Europe and would use the Volkswagen Polo technical platform, while the engines would be sourced from the Audi A1 subcompact hatchback. Despite some off-road features that include a raised ground clearance among others, the Q1 will not be offered with four-wheel drive, AutoBild also said.