Audi Q1 SUV launch set for 2016, no Q2 or Q4 in the making

Audi Q1 SUV launch in 2016, no Q2 or Q4 in the making

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Audi Chairman and CEO Rupert Stadler, revealed at a recent press conference that development of Audi Q1 SUV is in progress and that it will go on sale in Q1, 2016. Audi Q1 will be underpinned by the smallest adaptation of MQB platform, that supports the Volkswagen Golf.

Audi Q3
Audi Q1 will be manufactured at the new plant currently being setup at the company’s headquarters in Ingolstadt.

Audi Q1 SUV launch is part of a plan to roll out a new range of SUVs set to expand the Q-series, in a view to increasing the company’s SUV sales from 30 percent to 35 percent by 2020. Audi also confirmed development of Q8, a new flagship SUV above the Q7, and revealed plans of producing an all-electric Audi Q6 SUV based on MQB platform.

Officials also mentioned that there is currently no Q2 or Q4 in the making, and they haven’t purchased rights to these names yet. By 2020, the Ingolstadt-based automaker plans to widen its product portfolio to 60 variants.

Audi Q1 would be smaller than A3 sedan in aspects like length, width and wheelbase, and will be touted as a premium product, not just as an easily affordable Audi SUV. Chief target of Q1 will be the Mini Countryman.

Expect the entry-level Audi crossover to be unveiled at a major auto show by end of 2015. Considering it will be acompact SUV, there is every possibility of it being launched in India.

Via – Autocar Pro