Audi has confirmed previous reports that it will build a compact Q1 – a new member of the Q family, joining the already available Q3, RS Q3, Q5, SQ5 and Q7 in 2016 when the production starts at the plant in Ingolstadt.
Audi CEO Rupert Stadler said: “The Q1 is a key component of our growth strategy.” and “… 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”.
By 2020 Audi plans to 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.
Since the debut of Q7 in 2006, Audi has produced and delivered to customers more than 1.5 million automobiles of the Q family.
Details about the Q1 are purely speculative, but most likely it will be based on the Volkswagen Polo, measuring roughly 3.8metres in length.
Engine options will include both diesel and petrol units, while a hybrid variant with a 1.2-litre petrol and a 80Kw electric motor is also very likely to join the range.
An RS model is unlikely, but a sporty SQ1 with around 230bhp is also rumoured.