Audi will be launching a crossover car that is almost small enough to be dubbed a sub-compact car. This new car is called the 2016 Audi Q1 and it is expected to hit the market towards the end of next year. The Q1 may not be introduced into the US market because the company does not seem to be willing to introduce the Q1 along with a similarly small car called the A1. Even so, here is a brief description of this new offering from Audi.
The 2016 Audi Q1 should have the same underpinnings as the A1. However, the company has not revealed whether these underpinnings will be the same as the platform for the existing A1 or whether it plans on introducing a more advanced design. The company wants to cut costs and hence is giving Volkswagen a version of the Q1, which should be based more or less on the concept of the 2012 Taigun.
2016 Audi Q1 Design
As for its design, the company says that it will be inspired by the Crosslane Coupe concept that made its debut in the Paris auto show of 2014. This means that the 2016 Audi Q1 may well have a body shape with three doors and there is also a possibility that the company will also offer a five-door body later on. The interiors of the Q1 will be very modern and upscale. The company also plans to introduce complete digital instrumentation inside the cabin.
Audi has designed the Q1 to give them an advantage in the quickly blossoming small crossover car niche. The company also remains firm in using the same MQB architecture in the Q1, which will also have the latest electronics and one can expect the Q1 to offer you plenty of technology as well.
2016 Audi Q1 Engine Specs
The 2016 Audi Q1 powertrain remains a turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that is coupled to a six-speed manual transmission or to a 7-speed automatic transmission. The company also plans on offering a 1.4-liter diesel variant. It also plans on following the Q1 with a SQ1 which will have an engine that produces two hundred and thirty horsepower and a hybrid version might also be offered that will make use of a 1.2-liter four cylinder engine.
The Q1 will also share the same powertrain as is available on the A1. This means that the company plans on using a range of 3 and 4 cylinder engines that can be run on both gasoline as well as diesel. There is also a chance that the company will introduce a hybrid though the low price tag of the Q1 may not allow the company to do so until the car has seen some mileage and when technology costs come down. Audi might even introduce a Q1 that is sporty because it already offers a sporty A1 model to its loyal customers.
2016 Audi Q1 Release Date, Price and Competitors
The new Q1 will be shown in the fall of this year and the car will be launched in the market in the next year. The base price for this car is expected to be in the region of twenty-five thousand dollars.