New Audi Q1 release

The Audi Q1 SUV is to be released in 2016, and is expected to go head to head with the Nissan Juke

 

The car-maker will look to increase its range of Q cars for 2016 with the launch of the Audi Q1, a new mini crossover SUV. These exclusive images show how the performance version, expected to be called the SQ1, will look.

Audi have decided rather than using a cranked up A1 platform, the Q1 will be based around the a new small configuration of the VW Group’s base. And will also underpin the new VW Polo (due here in the UK towards the end of 2015) also the next-generation Audi A1 in 2016, these smaller cars will share a similar engine range.

Audi claim they will fulfil their promise of offering a 60-model range by 2020, it needs a vast amount of new models, while the new Audi Q1 is to go on sale by the end of 2016, the exciting SQ1 seems certain to be on the German car-maker’s radar as well.

This means Audi’s new SQ1 could use the same engine as the current Audi S1, which sports a 221bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine and the legendary quattro 4-wheel drive system. The current S1 is only available with the six-speed manual drivetrain. The Quattro 4x4 system seems to be a must for both the SQ1 and the Q1 although a huge majority of Q1 sales will be front-wheel drive. Giving customers the option is a must, for Audi to compete with similar cars.

Audi’s new Q1 is expected to be unveiled at the next Detroit Motor Show, and will be released in early 2016. The Audi Q1 will be joined by the sporty Audi Q2, based on the Crosslane Coupé Concept revealed at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.

Expect the Audi Q1 to start at around £16,000 for the base model.