Audi Plans a Sub-Q1 Two-Door Crossover
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.
Continue reading to learn more about Audi’s future crossovers.
Why it matters
Do we really need another small crossover, let alone one with only two doors? I personally don’t think we do, but Audi apparently sees value in this segment. Much like Porsche with the Macan and Cayenne, these profitable vehicles help fund awesome rigs like that 918 Spider and 911 GT3 RS. So, who am I to argue with the plan to build this tiny people hauler? As long as this little crossover gives the brand the funds it needs to make the R8 even more awesome, or build something even cooler, I am all for it.