New details are starting to emerge about the already announced Audi Q1 scheduled to go on sale next year. It seems the small crossover will ride on a shortened version of Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform and is still on track for a 2016 launch according to Audi boss Rupert Stadler which made the announcement yesterday during the annual conference.
It will have just about the same dimensions as the A3 but will get an increased ride height while the design should be lightly influenced by March Lichte who took over at a moment when Audi was almost done with the Q1’s design. The vehicle will be built in Ingolstadt and will target young customers while reports are indicating Audi will apply a price tag significantly higher than the A1.
Front-wheel drive is going to be standard on the Audi Q1 but select engines will be optionally paired at an additional cost with a quattro all-wheel drive system. There even might be a more powerful SQ1 version along with a plug-in hybrid model but these rumors have not been confirmed so far by Audi.
Chances are the Audi Q1 will be unveiled at a major auto show next year, possibly in Geneva.