Audi Q1 Set to Arrive in 2016
Audi has formally announced the development of the 2016 Audi Q1 and will be grouped in the Q family of Audi. The announcement was formally made by Audi, and this latest move underscored the changing market requirements for SUV and crossovers. It seems that buyers right are now looking to enjoy the best of both worlds- the looks and capabilities of SUV and better fuel efficiency of the car.
The introduction of this new model was expected since the manufacturer has already filled the numbered slots from A1 to A8 and new models to fill up the SUV range is a foregone conclusion. The company has not yet released official photos of the 2016 model but the web is currently buzzing with artists’ renditions on how this car will look like. According to reports, this new model will tap the MQB architecture and will share it with Volkswagen Polo that will be released year early. The official unveiling for the new model will be made at the Detroit Motor Show and production is expected to be made in Germany.
Expected Audi Q1 Engines and Other Specs
With only the artists’ renditions available online and scattered news stories from the company, industry insiders and observers are left to speculate about the specs and engines. Since this is expected to use the MQB architecture, it is probable that Audi can toy with the idea of hybrid and electrification. For its engine, there’s a possibility that a 1.5 L engine that is mated to an electric motor. There’s the potential for diesel options and can come with 1.4L TDI and can go up to 1.6 TDI. It is also expected that the six-speed manual will be made a standard and the 10-speed DSG will become the automatic option. When it comes to styling, it is thought that it will take its cue from the Crosslane Coupe, a concept car that was introduced at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.
The introduction of the 2016 Q1 is an indication of the continued expansion of Audi’s fleet of cars in the market. By Audi’s standards, it plans to offer more than 60 models by 2020 and the company is on track and has been boosted by the announcement to manufacture the 2016 Audi Q1. Audi has not yet released the potential price range for this new model but it is expected to start somewhere near £16,000 and expected to rival Nissan Juke.