- Audi will soon debut a new small luxury SUV called the Q1
- Rendering from TopSpeed.com shows how we expect the Q1 to look
- Audi hasn’t confirmed many details about the Q1, including price or launch date
A new SUV is coming to the Audi lineup. It’s called the Audi Q1, and — as the name suggests — it will slot below the larger Q3, Q5 and Q7 in Audi’s rapidly expanding luxury SUV family. And now, we have a new rendering that previews exactly what we think the Q1 will look like.
Created by our friends at TopSpeed.com, the rendering shows Audi’s familiar SUV look on an even smaller scale than we’re used to. It also shows Audi’s familiar front-end design, along with an overall profile and shape that suggests the Q1 will fit right in with Audi’s crossover design strategy.
Although Audi hasn’t announced any major details about the Q1, we expect to see the new SUV make its official debut at an auto show later this year or early in 2016. That suggests an on-sale date sometime next year in Europe, and possibly a little later in the United States, if the crossover reaches our shores at all.
Audi has also been mum on powertrain choices for the Q1, but we expect the small crossover to offer roughly the same engine options as the brand’s European market A1 hatchback. That means you should expect several available 4-cylinder engines — with horsepower figures ranging from less than 150 to more than 250 — along with a few diesel variants. Front- and all-wheel drive will also be available.
So is the market really ready for a subcompact luxury crossover? Audi seems to think so, and it would likely cite rivals such as the Buick Encore, FIAT 500X and MINI Countryman as proof. We’ll find out more when Audi officially pulls the cover off the Q1 at an upcoming auto show.
What it means for you: The Audi Q1 will offer buyers an even more affordable way to join the Audi SUV family, but will it reach the U.S.?