Automobile Magazine is reporting Audi has plans to launch a small crossover which will be slotted underneath the Q1. It should be mentioned the already confirmed “Q1” was supposed to wear the “Q2” badge but Fiat Chrysler Automobiles refused to sell the rights to this name so Audi had to reconsider and they chose Q1. This new rumored model was programmed to be called Q1 but since there have been some problems with the names, Audi decided to select “Junior”.
The report mentions it will go on sale a few years after the Q1 due in 2016 and will allegedly carry a starting price of less than $23,000. Interestingly, the model is being envisioned only with two doors and according to early design proposals it looks like a combination between the 2001 Steppenwolf concept and the more recent TTQ. Audi could decide to add rear doors to the Junior later if there’s going to be a demand for a more practical version.
Front-wheel drive is going to be standard but apparently customers will have the possibility of getting an optional quattro all-wheel drive system which will work with an S tronic transmission. In terms of engines, the Audi Junior crossover is expected to get a 115 HP three-cylinder 1.0-liter turbo gasoline unit, a 110 HP three-cylinder 1.0-liter turbodiesel, followed by 140 HP and 180 HP four-cylinder gasoline engines and a 150 HP four-cylinder diesel, while a more potent S version could also be in the works.
Note: Official 2016 Audi Q1 sketch pictured.