No details of the vehicle were released, but the accompanying rendering shows a steroidal A1-type body with blistered arches and rugged all-terrain look. Essentially a Volkswagen CrossPolo in an expensive suit, the Q1 is expected to use such engines as an entry-level 63 kW (86 hp) 1.2 TFSI, 90 kW (122 hp) 1.4 TFSI and 77 kW (105 hp) 1.6 TDI. We wouldn’t be surprised to see a range-topping SQ1 variant with a 2.0 TFSI unit sending 188 kW (256 hp) to all four wheels.
“The Audi Q1 is part of our broad-based SUV strategy. It is designed on the basis of the modular transverse engine concept and will round off our Q series at the bottom end,” said Audi Chairman Rupert Stadler.