Audi Previewing Q1 Compact Crossover With Detroit Concept

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When Audi launched the Q7, they said they finally have the perfect SUV for their quattro all-wheel drive system. But as the market for premium SUVs grew, they diversified with the Q5, which also has a hot version called the SQ5, plus the small Q5, which has an RS model.
Right as the European car market was slowly being choked to death, it came up with the compact city SUV/crossovers. Models like the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur or Opel Mokka have become hugely popular, and now Audi wants one such model, just like they brought the A1 premium supermini to market.

A few days ago, the Q1 was officially confirmed for production by Audi. The car will be ready in 2016, but we don't have to wait that long to see what it looks like. According to a new press statement that came out today saying the "Audi Show Car" will be revealed at this year's 2014 Detroit Auto Show.

If the Audi Q3 is based on the same platform as A3 hatchback (the old one actually), does this mean the Q1 is based on the A1. We don't think so. It's probably based on the MQB and shares a short wheelbase body with the 3-door Golf7/A3 models. As for the powertrain, Audi will only go as far as to tell us it's an e-tron, a plug-in hybrid. There's a good chance the 1.4 TFSI and electric motor from the A3 e-tron will be adopted.

The vehicle is quite obviously the Q1, but it's being shown as a two-door. The concept measures 4.20 meters in length, making it a full 185mm shorter than the Q3.
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