Audi SQ1 to Get Twin-Turbo TDI, RS Model Will Use TTS Petrol Engine

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The Audi Q1 project is officially official now and reports about the smallest quattro SUV ever are coming out the woodwork. According to a company statement, the debut will take place some time in 2016, but even though not a single prototype has been seen testing, some reports already claim to know about the engine lineup.
British magazine CAR gave us the rundown of the most exciting version of the Q1, the ones everybody will want to own. First off, there will be a diesel-powered SQ1, just like there is with the SQ5.

It will use another twin-turbo engine, this time a 2-liter four-cylinder that's good for 231 hp and 500 Nm (368 lb-ft) of torque. The fact that the Q1 uses a Passat engine leads us to believe that it will be built on the MQB platform. The block is a very heavy one, especially when matched to a DSG gearbox and quattro. So we believe previous reports saying the Q1 measures 3.8 meters (12.4 feet) long are false.

There will apparently also be an RS Q1 model offering the same 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine with 310 hp and 280 lb-ft (379 Nm) of torque. as the TTS coupe and roadster.

According to Audi Chairman Rupert Stadler, “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."

Both the SQ1 and RS Q1 have been speculated with the same two engines in the past, so we wouldn't be surprised if this report turns out to be true. Every Audi model that comes on from now on will also have a hybrid setup, which in the case of the Q1 will combine a 1.2-liter petrol engine and a 109 HP electric motor. Should be interesting to see if Mercedes decided to jump onboard and put the G-Code into production.

Will any of these cars be available in America? Probably not, because the company doesn't want to sell anything smaller than the A3 there.
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