Audi’s plans for a compact crossover vehicle to slot into the lineup below the Q3 have moved from the realm of speculation to reality, and spy photographers have caught the upcoming 2016 Audi Q1 at play. While previous test mules have worn Volkswagen Tiguan bodywork, the car’s now out in its own sheet metal, complete with dazzle camouflage.
Like the upcoming second-generation 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan, 2015 Volkswagen Golf and 2015 Audi A3 Sedan, the Q1 will ride on Volkswagen’s MQB platform (a step up from the VW Polo platform that the 2015 Audi A1 subcompact uses), and it’s expected to share a 1.6 liter four-cylinder turbodiesel and 1.4 liter gas engine with the current A1. All-wheel drive is a foregone conclusion, of course. The disguised prototype appears to show lines similar to our concept rendering, with a strong styling relationship to the Q3 and Q7. Audi is developing a distinct design language for its crossovers, separating them from the sedans and wagons, and with four of them in the lineup, the family look will suit the Q1 well. The Q1 has a more upright greenhouse than the larger SUVs, to make up for its short body while still offering decent headroom and cargo space.
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Sound the purist alarm, Audi has announced that it has completely sold out and will produce the tiny Q1 crossover. As if the Q3 wasn’t small enough, the Q1 will fit the bill as a challenger to four-wheeled micro-crossovers bearing the Mini and Fiat logos.
Maybe that was a bit dramatic, but I am certain that a large group of people let out a collective “what the…” with this confirmation. Well, sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the super-small crossover segment is heating up, particularly in Europe, and Audi is trying to get in before anyone else.
Neither BMW nor Mercedes have anything quite this small in their crossover segments, as the X1 and GLA-Class are both more in the class of the Q3.
So, what in the world will the Q1 be and what will it offer buyers?
Updated 05/15/2015: While all we have so far on the Audi Q1 is pure speculation, we decided to create a rendering of what we think the Q1 might look like.
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After plenty of rumors, it looks like Audi is finally getting its upcoming Q1 crossover out on the road. The above Volkswagen Tiguan was recently spotted testing in Germany, but under closer inspection, this is not your typical VW crossover.
Instead, our sharp-eyed spy photographers noticed that this mule has a narrower track and a shorter wheelbase, which is obvious by how far the wheels are sunk in and how the rear wheels are positioned in the fenders. These changes suggest that this mule is testing the underpinning of a vehicle that is slightly smaller than the current Tiguan.
Audi tried to disguise this by adding some extra plastic behind the wheels, but there was no hiding some of the obvious cues giving away the fact that this is very likely an Audi mule. Most obvious is the Audi-badged 17-inch wheels, but our shooter also points out that this vehicle is wearing Audi license plate starting with “IN.”
Rather than riding on the platform of the current Audi A1, it is being reported that the all-new Q1 will ride on VW’s MQB platform, and it is possible that Audi will eventually introduce a sportier SQ1 variant. Considering that this vehicle looks to still be quite early in the test mule phase of development, don’t expect to see a production version to debut until closer to the end of next year at the soonest.
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The news about the Q Junior has already broken, but now a new report suggests that the tiniest of the Audi SUVs will debut as early as 2019.
This report comes from Car Magazine who had a sit-down with a senior official within the company. In this interview, the magazine somehow came to the conclusion that the A1-based crossover will hit the market by 2019, but it didn’t point to a direct quote from the official regarding this.
It did, however, learn that Audi isn’t necessarily sold on the out-of-the-norm name. In true Audi fashion, this small SUV should carry the Q1 name, but Audi has to name its next small SUV — due in 2016 — the Q1 because Fiat owns the Q2 name. This leaves Audi no real choice but to go out of the normal pattern for this lifted, all-wheel-drive hatchback, and the Q Junior seems the best route for now.
With all of these SUVs, how will Audi ever differentiate them? The report claims that the Q Junior will have a sportier, two-door-coupecrossover design, making it more desirable to younger buyers. Also up the alley of the younger buyer is a base price that could start as low as €20,000 ($22,584 as of 2015).
Look for this new model to take on the likes of the GLA-Class and the BMW X1 once it hits the market. Its U.S. availability remains unknown, but keep in mind that we do not have the A1 here in the States, which could mean the platform just won’t work here.
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We already know that the 2016 Audi Q1 is on its way, but that is not the only small crossover in the German automaker’s plans in the coming years. According to a report from Automobile Magazine, Audi is planning a sub-Q1 two-door crossover coupe that is tentatively named Junior. This model would be a niche creator, as there is nothing similar to it in either BMW’s or Mercedes’ lineups. In fact, the closest model to it is the two-door Evoque, but the Junior will likely be a good bit smaller.
So why the odd name? Much like the Q4, which will be named the TTQ if it makes it to production, the Q2 name – the sensible name for the Q1 once a smaller model arrives – is owned by Fiat. So, the Q1 name will remain and this small SUV would be forced to hit dealers with a non-Audi-like naming scheme.
According to one Audi executive that Automobile Magazine talked to, it’s not the naming that matters within Audi’s lineup. What its buyers look for is a quality product built the Audi way. On top of that, with a price tag starting under $23,000, buyers likely wouldn’t care less what the name is.
Powering the Audi Junior would likely be a series of three- and four-cylinder engines, ranging from a 110-horse diesel three-cylinder to a 180-horsepower TSFI engine. It would feature Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive and an S tronic transmission to keep the Audi faithful interested.
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It appears that Audi is planning to ramp the number of models it offers to 60 by the end of this decade. Though 60 models sounds like a tremendous number, Audi already produces 50. Adding an extra 10 vehicles in the next five years will be no easy task, however. The news comes by way of an interview Audi exec Chairman Rupert Stadler had with Car Magazine.
Stadler wouldn’t discuss the exact makeup of the 10 upcoming vehicles, but he did reveal the details about one, the Q1 crossover. The Q1 will share many of its components with the small Audi A1 and act in relation to it like the Q3 does with the A3. “You’ll see the Q1 at the end of 2015 or possibly early 2016,” Stadler told Car. “The Audi Q1 is part of our broad-based SUV strategy. It is designed on the basis of the MQB modular transverse engine concept and will round off our Q series at the bottom end.”
While the Q1 will be an all-new product, it’s unlikely Audi’s other nine vehicles will be so unique. Remember that Audi counts each sub model as its own, so the S- and RS-badged vehicles are counted separately in the overall number, despite them sharing a large majority of parts with the their less-powerful versions.
Stadler mentioned possible open slots for cars in the C- and D-segments for vehicles priced over €70,000 to 80,000 price bracket. That possibly means new spin-offs of the A6, A7, and A8 sedans. He says the A4 and A5 vehicles are an existing example, as it’s complete with Avants, coupes, and Sportbacks.
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Audi’s recent focus on compelling design and high-quality interiors has proven to be a smart move, allowing it to carve out its own niche in the luxury market and become a true competitor to BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Journalists love the company’s extreme, go-fast models and they help improve Audi’s image, but the real money comes from its mainstream sedans and crossover SUVs. While Audi has plenty of the former, ranging from the A3 all the way up to the A8, the latter is limited to just the Q5, Q3 and Q7.In 2016, however, Audi is set to release the Q1, a crossover SUV that will slot underneath the Q3, making it the smallest crossover SUV on sale.
While tiny crossover SUVs aren’t particularly exciting to anyone other than accountants and car salesmen, Audi appears to be planning something more exciting that just the plain, vanilla Q1. If reports are true, the Q1 will receive the full RS treatment in the form of the Q1 RS a year after the base model hits showrooms.
Image Note: Rendering of Audi Q1 shown here.
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Audi Gebrauchtwagen, in cooperation with Zentrum München, has developed a cool promotional video for the A1 quattro sports hatch. The video was developed in Gymkhana style with multiple-time DTM championm Timo Scheiderm behind the wheel. He managed to put this limited-edition machine through its paces around the streets and construction sites of Germany.
The A1 quattro is powered by a 2.0 TFSI engine that produces 256 horsepower at 2,500 to 4,500 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque at 6,000 rpm. The car will go from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds and up to a top speed of 152 mph.
The message of this video is: "If it isn’t dirty, you’re not doing it right." Still we will advise you not to try this at home and you have to remember that a professional driver was used to shot this video.
The Audi’s SUV series started in 2005 with the Q7, then in 2008 they added the compact Q5. In 2011 they will be joined by the Q3, and if it where to believe the series, we will see the Q1 in 2014.
The Audi Q3 will be a small five-seater SUV with a coupe-like silhouette. It will combine the sporty handling of a compact car with the spaciousness and versatility of an SUV. In addition, it will also receive a higher seating position, large wheels and increased ground clearance.
The Q3 will be followed by the Q1. It will be built on the next Audi A1 platform and will measure 3.95m in length, with both two and four-door versions to be released.
Not a surprise of course, but Audi will unveil a small SUV based on the future A1 by the end of 2012.
Nobody needs them, environmentalists hate them, but they all want. What are we talking about? The SUVs of course! And how they always have been a success why not build more and more. So what the gas price gets higher, people will always buy them!
The Q1 will be the third model in the A1 line-up after the hatchback version that will be launched in 2010 and the cabrio version in 2011. Q1 will go on sale in early 2013.
The Q1 will be about 3.95 meters long (2.46-meter wheelbase) and will be based on a sport, clearly strengthened version of the PQ24 of the new Volkswagen Polo.
Under the hood there will be a wide choice of engines: 1.4-liter TFSI four-cylinder with 125 hp and 150 hp (simple compressor and turbo-charge). The top model will come later with up to 200 hp. Diesel version will be powered by a 1.2-liter TDI with about 80 hp, and a 1.6-liter with about 100 and 120 hp.
Volkswagen is ready to launch a new family of small SUVs. Inspired by the huge success of the joint Cayenne/Touareg/Q7 project, the company wants to take this success to a smaller level: a new family made by Audi Q1, Skoda Yeti and VW Polo SUV. Even if the most important one is the Q1, the first to arrive will be the Yeti in 2009, followed by the Audi Q1 a year later and the Polo SUV in 2011.
That Audi would be building the Q1, a small SUV competing with the Toyota RAV4 two-door, and based on the Steppenwolf concept car shown in 2000 is, if not old news, at least a long-standing rumor. In early April, the German magazine Sueddeutsche, reported that Audi was working on this vehicle. Now another German magazine, Autobild, has published photos purporting to show what the expected appearance of the production Q1. Building this car is part of a long-term brand strategy (...)