The tiniest member of the Audi Q family anticipated getting the consent, with its arrival due in two years.
Audi’s SUV range is set to continue to grow apace, with a new infant Q1 SUV expected to be okayed for production, Auto Express can reveal.
This new entry point into Audi SUV ownership is still a few years far from production, although it needs to be here before the end of 2020.
Unlike upmarket competitors, BMW and Mercedes, Audi has pedigree when it comes to producing premium cars at a lower rate point. The A1 supermini has been around given that 2010 and is continuously among Audi’s big sellers in Europe, moving almost 100,000 examples every year.
When asked about the potential customers for a Q1, Audi sales and marketing manager Bram Schot informed Auto Express: “You can not disregard the SUV trend; the concern is how large and how deep do we make the program with SUVs?
“Depending on the company chances, we select the future product portfolio. But do not be shocked if in two or 3 years you do see the car, as we try to react quickly to markets,” the Audi executive added.
The German brand is likely to use the next variation of its popular A1 supermini – spied during winter season tests – as a base for its approaching child SUV. The second-generation A1 comes to the completion of this year and will share a big proportion of its DNA with the Q1, along with some of that car’s styling, as revealed by our exclusive image.
Both new models will be based upon the smallest variation of the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform, which is currently discovered underneath the skin of the current SEAT Ibiza and VW Polo. That means the Q1 will use the latest generation of petrol and diesel engines, which will include three-cylinder 1.0-liter turbo petrol, a more effective 1.5-liter unit, and a 1.6-liter diesel.
By the time the Q1 arrives, moderate hybrid technology will likewise have started to filter its method down through Audi’s product line-up. The flagship A8 saloon presented the system, which uses a little starter-generator to assist the engine during acceleration, increasing efficiency and effectiveness.
The A8’s set-up might be too pricey for a car of the Q1’s size, but Skoda used Geneva to flaunt an MQB A0-based system, again including a 48V starter-generator, that might be appropriate.
The Q1 won’t be the only new SUV from Audi in the next couple of years; the German brand has already verified a flagship Q8, which will battle it out with the Range Rover, and an all-new Q4.
On top of that, high-performance versions of the brand name’s Q5, Q8 and next-generation Q3 are also in the pipeline.