New details have emerged about the Audi Q1 which has already been confirmed to go on sale in 2016. We already know Audi refers to the Q1 baby crossover as being an “attractive” model and now according to British media the vehicle is set to ride on a shortened variant of the firm’s MQB platform which will also underpin the next generation A1 slated to come out in 2016.

It is believed a hotter SQ1 is in the works using the same engine which powers the current S1, a four-cylinder 2.0-liter TFSI turbocharged gasoline engine delivering 221 bhp to a quattro all-wheel drive system. The SQ1 will allegedly receive a twin-clutch automatic gearbox while the quattro setup will also be offered on some upper-spec Q1s although most of them will feature a front-wheel drive layout.

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The Audi Q1 is set to become a more premium alternative to the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur, with an interior cabin that will likely mimic other Audi models but possibly with a new touchscreen interface.

We are expecting the Audi Q1 to be unveiled in January 2015 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, with sales to commence sometime in 2016. A Q2 derivative is also planned and will be a follow-up tp the Crosslane Coupe concept shown back in 2012 at the Paris Motor Show.


Note: 2016 Audi Q1 official render shown. 

Adrian Padeanu

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