More on the New Audi Q1 Set to Arrive in 2020
Added: 16 April 2018
Audi Reinforce Lower Branch of Their SUV Family with the Compact Q1
Audi sales and marketing boss, Bram Schot, stated when asked about the future of a potential Q1 joining the line-up that ‘You cannot ignore the SUV trend; the question is how wide and how deep do we make the programme with SUVs?’. The executive then added, ‘Depending on the business opportunities, we decide on the future product portfolio. But don’t be surprised if in two or three years you do see the car, as we try to react fast to markets.”
That being said, it looks like Audi have finally given the green light on the introduction of a Q1 to their ever growing SUV Q-range family, with it expected to be put in to production in around 2 years’ from now.
Audi Q1: Taking Influence from the Successful A1
The Audi Q1 will be a new entry point for Audi SUV ownership and unlike their high-end rivals, Audi already have pedigree when it comes to manufacturing premium cars at a lower cost. This has been proven by the huge success of the Audi A1 supermini that has been one of Audi’s best selling cars in Europe since it was first launched in 2010.
Considering that then, it’s seems clear cut that Audi will use the forthcoming second generation Audi A1 as the foundation for their soon to be baby SUV. With the new A1 set to arrive later on this year, it will share a sizeable percentage of its DNA with the Q1, as well other aspects like styling. The Q1 is expected to be more car-like than most other compact SUVs on the market which could attract interest from both car and SUV consumers.
Audi Q1: Engines & Performance
Both the Q1 and second generation A1 will use the smallest version of the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform that is already being put to use by several other successful superminis under the Volkswagen Group umbrella. This means that the Q1 will use the latest assembly of petrol and diesel engines, which includes the highly efficient three-cylinder 1.0-litre turbo petrol, a more powerful 1.5-litre unit, and a 1.6-litre diesel.
With the Audi Q1 not set to arrive for another 2 years we can expect Audi’s mild hybrid technology to have filtered down throughout the range so we might see a hybrid engine added to the arsenal too.
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