NEXT AUDI SUV: Audi's new Q1 compact SUV will be launched in 2016. Image: Automedia
BERLIN, Germany - Spy photographers captured Audi’s new Q1 undergoing testing. The new compact SUV is part of the VW Group’s plan to offer 60 different models by the end of the decade.
We've seen the Q1 before but it was only a mule based on the Tiguan. Audi test teams are working feverishly and have already completed the first pre-production model.
Underneath the camouflage is the real deal, down to the headlights and mirrors, reports Automedia.
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Even though this is supposed to be a sub-compact model, it looks quite large, possibly 4.3m in length. Judging from the long front overhang and the distance between the wheel and the firewall, we think it's based on the MQB platform, not that of the A1 supermini.
The overall design is more dynamic than the Q3 and Q5. The grille protrudes from the bumper like a nose, and its high placement seems unique for the Audi brand. The headlights don't appear to be LEDs but that could be an option.
IMAGE GALLERY: 2016 Audi Q1 (Spy)
From the side, the design is typical of a Sportback model, with a flat, sloped tailgate like the A3. Keen-eyed car spotters will already have noticed the rear wheels don't have prop shafts, so it's a front-wheel drive prototype.
Engines will likely be shared with other existing Audi models. At the non-exciting bottom end of the spectrum, we'll see a three-cylinder diesel, while the top will be occupied by performance models. Reports suggest the SQ1 will offer the twin-turbo two litre TDI from the Passat, and the RS Q1 might offer a turbo unit borrowed from the current TTS.
The first Q1 models will be launched in 2016 and performance versions in 2017. They will compete in the same segment as the Mini Countryman, Nissan Juke and Opel Mokka.