Audi Q1 teased, goes into production in 2016

2016 Audi Q1 teaser image 02.12.2013
2016 Audi Q1 teaser image 02.12.2013

Will be built in Ingolstadt, Germany

Audi has confirmed plans to build an entry-level crossover.

Set to go into production in 2016, the Q1 will be an "attractive" crossover that is built in Ingolstadt, Germany. The company declined to elaborate but the teaser image shows the model will be a five-door crossover with angular styling and plastic body cladding. We can also see a prominent grille, distinctive headlights and muscular fenders.

Little else is known about the model but previous reports have indicated it could be based on the Volkswagen Polo and measure 3.8 meters (12.4 feet) long.

Engine options remain a mystery but speculation suggests there could be a 1.4-liter TFSI, a 1.4-liter TDI and a range-topping SQ1 with 231 HP (170 kW). There could also be a hybrid variant - with a 1.2-liter petrol engine and a 109 HP (80 kW) electric motor - but nothing is official as of yet.

According to Audi Chairman Rupert Stadler, “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."

Source: Audi
Published Dec 2nd, 2013 4:20pm By Michael Gauthier
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Audi decides on development of Q1 as a new member of the Q family

  • Production of the new compact SUV as of 2016 at the plant in Ingolstadt
  • Audi CEO Rupert Stadler: “The Q1 is a key component of our growth strategy.”
  • Chairman of the General Works Council, Peter Mosch, welcomes the decision

Ingolstadt, December 2, 2013 – There is to be an addition to Audi’s Q model family. The Board of Management and the Works Council of AUDI AG today announced that a new model will roll off the assembly lines in Ingolstadt as of 2016: the Q1.
“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,” stated Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG. As an attractive entry into the Q family, the new model will make a strong contribution to the company’s ongoing growth and will strengthen its international competitiveness. Audi is continuing its model offensive with the Q1; by 2020, the automaker will expand its product range from the current 49 to more than 60 models. By then, Audi will reach total unit sales of more than two million automobiles each year.

The decision to produce the new model will help to secure utilization of capacity at the main plant in Ingolstadt over the long term. At this site, Audi produces models in the A and B segments, namely the A3 and A3 Sportback and the A4/A5 family. Peter Mosch, Chairman of the General Works Council, welcomes the decision: “This is a clear commitment to Ingolstadt as a production site. We will continue to make all efforts to develop the plant even further as the leading technological site of the Audi Group.” The decision on the new model is regarded as proof that employee codetermination secures jobs and that the internationalization of the Audi group is not taking place at the expense of the sites in Germany.

The Q family currently comprises the Audi Q3, RS Q3, Q5, SQ5 and Q7. The Q5 is the global market leader in its direct competitive environment. This year, Audi had already delivered 194,430 units of the Q5 to customers by the end of October, which is 17 percent more than in the prior-year period. Approximately 230,000 units of this model are planned to be built in 2013, which is more than half of the total Q volume. The proportion of the company’s total production volume accounted for by SUVs will be about 28 percent this year, and is planned to rise to more than 35 percent by 2020. Overall, Audi has produced and delivered to customers more than 1.5 million automobiles of the Q family since the market launch of the first SUV in 2006.

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Comments (9)

livc44411 livc44411
A 2016 Audi which looks like a 2010 Audi...That company really need to hire a designer to refresh things.
Dec 2nd, 2013 6:52pm
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Kakumbaz Kakumbaz
If you don't like simple design then stop complaining and go get a Lexus..
Dec 2nd, 2013 8:16pm
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hunker7 hunker7
I really don't know what you expect?
Dec 2nd, 2013 11:14pm
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MrBloodmuffins MrBloodmuffins
so this is what a German donk looks like.
Dec 2nd, 2013 6:24pm
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booost booost
Typical oversized wheels in a design, looks good though, they've pulled off the coupe look in a 4-door really well.
Dec 2nd, 2013 5:28pm
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Nessy Nessy
Dec 2nd, 2013 4:55pm
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hunker7 hunker7
I rather buy VW based Audi, than Renault based MB.
Dec 2nd, 2013 6:19pm
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tuga tuga
Puppies and kittens!!! Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!
Dec 3rd, 2013 1:39pm
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Madness Madness
Needs bigger wheels. If I wanted to drive around all day on caster wheels I'd have bought a swivel chair...
Dec 2nd, 2013 4:52pm
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