Audi confirmed the launch of a new sport utility vehicle, the fourth in the brand’s lineup, in form of the Audi Q1 crossover in 2016. Partially revealed in this teaser picture, the Q1 is apparently going to be the first properly fun Audi SUV, which is not saying much, as all the others are dreadfully dull.
The Audi Q1 shown here, probably in concept form, features massively flared wheel arches that accommodate big, chunky wheels. It also has a sort of goofy face that is very Audi-ish at all. Despite being fairly tiny, with the same length as a small hatchback, the Q1 has five doors.
When launched in 2016, the Audi Q1 will join the crowded Q family, currently comprising Q3, RS Q3, Q5, SQ5 and Q7. It will be built at the Ingolstadt plant at the heart of Audi city, where they also make the A and B segments, namely the A3 and A3 Sportback and the A4/A5 family.
The Launch of the Q1 is part of Audi’s plan to expand its product range from the current 49 to more than 60 models by 2020.
“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.