Report – Audi Q1 to have 4WD, will target the Nissan Juke

Posted on: Oct 31, 2013 - 10:27am IST

Auto Express reports that Audi’s sub-Q3 entry-level SUV, the Audi Q1, would be introduced in early 2016. The Q1 has to “steal sales” of the Nissan Juke, and is aimed at buyers who want something more upmarket than the Nissan.

Auto Express adds that the Q1 would be accompanied by a sporty edition which would wear the Q2 badge. The Q2 would be based on the Crosslane concept revealed at the Paris Motor Show of 2012.

The Q1 would be just about 4 meters long, about 1.75m wide and 1.57m tall. The footprint would be similar to the Ford EcoSport or Premier Rio.

Audi Q2 rendering 2012
This Audi Q1 would have a 10-speed DSG transmission, while a plug-in hybrid variant is also planned. The Q1 would be aimed at Nissan Juke customers who desire something more premium.

The baby crossover would be based on the VW Group’s MQB architecture, which it will share with the next generation Polo (2015 launch) and the Audi A1 (2016 launch).

Auto Express says that the Q1 is likely to have the quattro four-wheel drive option on the top-end variant. Other variants however would be front-wheel drive.

Downsized, start-stop equipped engines would be carried over from the Audi A1 on to the Q1. These would include a three-cylinder 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine (modified VW Up! engine) on the entry-level model, a 1.2-litre petrol four-cylinder and a 1.4-litre TFSI petrol on higher variants. A plug-in hybrid system for the Q1 is not ruled out either.

Diesel options would include the 1.4-liter TDI and a 1.6-liter TDI, matched either to a six-speed manual or a 10-speed DSG gearbox.

Auto Express expects the Q1 to be priced at around £16,000 (15.71 lakh rupees).

[Source – AutoExpress.co.uk]

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