Audi Q1 Coming in 2016, Will Get SQ1 and RS Q1 Hot Versions

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Volkswagen group has so far proven reluctant to make a really small and well built crossover. Sure, there's the Taigun they're working on for South America and other emerging markets, but that's based on the Up! city car and will thus not be taken too seriously in Europe.
What both Audi and Volkswagen need are small crossover types to compete with the Renault Captur and Opel Mokka, which have been selling by the bucketload. According to the German publication Autobild, such a car is being developed on the MQB platform for both brands.

The Golf SUV will come first, followed in 2016 by the Q1 from Audi. Why call it the Q1 and not the Q2? Because they don't want us to remember the A2. Instead, the Q1 is banking on the reputation of the A1 and S1, though it will be quite a lot bigger.

How long? We don't know exactly, but the new VW SUV will be 23 centimeters shorter than a Tiguan, meaning about 4.2 meters from bumper to bumper. The wheelbase should also be a little shorter, somewhere in the region of 2.5 meters.

A myriad of engine choices will be on offer, including two new hardcore models, the RS Q1 and SQ1. The first will reportedly pack the same 2-liter TFSI as the S3, producing 300 PS and 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) of torque. The SQ1 on the other hand will follow the lead set by the SQ5 and offer a twin-turbo diesel, similar to one being developed for the Passat and producing 231 PS and 500 Nm of torque.
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