Audi Q1 to be launched in the UK in 2016
German luxury car manufacturer Audi plans to enhance its Q range of cars in 2016 with the introduction of the Audi Q1, an entry-level crossover SUV.
If the company is to fulfil its promise to extend its model range to 60 by the year 2020, it will need a surge of new models. While the Audi Q1 has now been confirmed for 2016, the SQ1 will almost certainly be on the German brand's radar.
Rather than making use of an enhanced A1 platform, the Q1 will be built around the smallest version of the group's highly adaptable MQB base. Since the new Volkswagen Polo, which is to be released next year, and the second-generation Audi A1, which will be released in 2016, will also use the same base, the cars will come with the same engine options.
This means a fiery SQ1 might use the same powertrain used in the current S1: a 2.0-litre TFSI petrol engine pushing out 221bhp and using quattro four-wheel drive. The MQB platform will, however, allow the use of an automatic S-tronic dual clutch gearbox - the current S1 only comes with a six-speed manual transmission. Both the Q1 and the SQ1 will most likely be available with quattro all-wheel drive, although the majority of Q1 sales are likely to be front-wheel drive.
The Audi Q1 will fit in at the bottom of the SUV range and will target Nissan Juke customers who want something a little more upmarket. The petrol version of the entry-level Q1 is likely to cost around £16,000.