Audi just confirmed that it is launching a crossover positioned below its Q3 in 2016. It will be called the Q1, and it will fit into the subcompact segment, competing against similar tall-riding premium vehicles like the Buick Encore and MINI Cooper Countryman.
Production of the Q1 will take place at a plant in Ingolstadt, Germany, where Audi builds the A3, A4, and A5.
Audi has released this single teaser image (above) of its upcoming Q1, showing a five-door crossover with rugged looks and an aggressive grille similar to the one found on Audi's Crosslane concept car from 2012. The 2015 Audi Q7 is expected to feature a similar look.
While no other details on the Q1 were released, previous reports say the Q1 will be based on the platform underpinning the A1: Standard front-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive possibly available as an option. Engines would be four-cylinder units.
“The Audi Q1 is part of our broad-based SUV strategy,” Audi CEO Rupert Stadler said in a statement. “It is designed on the basis of the modular transverse engine concept and will round off our Q series at the bottom end.”
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