The upcoming 2016 Audi Q1 has been speculatively rendered ahead of next year’s official market introduction. The smallest crossover from Ingolstadt is believed to ride on an adaptation of Volkswagen’s MQB platform and will in fact be the shortest iteration of the architecture. It will have roughly the same size as the A3 but obviously with a jacked up suspension and a styling influenced by March Lichte but it won’t be his design as Audi conducted most of the work before Lichte took over as chief of design.
As you would imagine, 2016 Audi Q1 will come as standard with a front-wheel drive layout but some of the beefier engines will be available with an optional quattro all-wheel drive system. The petite crossover will cost more than an A1 and could also spawn a range-topping SQ1 variant along with a more frugal plug-in hybrid derivative.
It should be mentioned Audi originally wanted to name the model Q2 but Alfa Romeo owns the trademark and they refused to sell it. Little else is known about the model, but it will allegedly target young buyers and should carry a starting price of approximately €25,000 although this hasn’t been confirmed yet by Audi.
via Top Speed