2017 Audi Q1 Release Date and Price
Thanks to a number of recently taken spy shots, we now know that the 2017 Audi Q1 is in its final stages of development. The much-anticipated Audi’s small crossover is expected to go on sale in the second half of 2016, after making its debut some time during the same year. Although the company still hasn’t issued any official pricing notes, we expect the 2017 Audi Q1 to be priced somewhere between €21,000 and €25,000.
Interestingly, the Q1 will come as the smallest Audi’s crossover ever, following the design philosophy set by the slightly larger Q3 model. Despite being heavily camouflaged, the spied test mule still reveals much about the upcoming Q1 crossover.
2017 Audi Q1 Design
Slotting right beneath the slightly larger Q3, the new Q1 actually comes as the latest model based on the trend set by the Audi Q5 SUV. Even though the Audi Q1 2017 shares quite a number of features with the Audi A1, the two models do not ride on the same underpinnings. While the A1 shares its platform with the VW Polo, the 2017 Q1 will be based on the VW’s MQB platform. The brand new crossover will be built at the Inglostadt facility in Germany.
The Audi Q1 will come with an attractive, modern and aggressive exterior styling. It is somewhat shorter than the Q3 but isn’t that noticeable at first glance. The Q1 features 4,200 mm in length, 1,750 mm in width, 1,570 mm in height, with the cargo area of 350 liters. Its front overhang is actually almost identical to the one on the Q3, while the rear overhang comes slightly shorter. Thanks to its windshield and steeply raked roof line, the Q1 does appear more aggressive than its “bigger brother”.
2017 Audi Q1 Specs
Mechanically, the upcoming Q1 is expected to feature a similar engine range as the current A1. That means it will be powered by three- and four-cylinder gasoline and diesel units. The entry-level model should be offered with a three-cylinder gasoline engine producing 100 horsepower. There will be a 1.4-liter TFSI gasoline-powered unit as well as a 1.4-liter TDI diesel engine. FWD will come standard, while the upper trim levels should be available with AWD. As for the lower trims, they are expected to offer AWD optionally. Buyers will be able to choose between manual and automatic transmissions.
Shortly after the 2017 Audi Q1 SUV goes on sale, the German company is expected to launch the performance-oriented SQ1 and RS Q1 models. Also, expect to see the 2017 Audi Q1 Hybrid model as well. According to some reports, the 2017 Audi SQ1 will be powered by a twin-turbo 2.0-liter TDI engine used by the VW Passat, while the 2017 Audi RS Q1 should borrow its 310 hp engine from the Audi TTS model.