Car paparazzi spotted the most compact off-road model of Audi family during road tests. The SUV was seen on the roads of Europe.
According to preliminary information, the serial production of new car of the German automaker from Ingolstadt will begin in 2016, and at the same time it will be on the market as a 2017 model year car. It is expected that its cost will be about 25,000 euro, so it will be the cheapest premium crossover.
The German company is planning to increase its number of units from the present 49 cars’ models and modifications to more than 60 ones to 2020. The Audi brand is going to sell about 2 million cars every year by this time, so the output of new 2017Audi Q1 is a part of this automaker’s plan.
Technical characteristics of 2017Audi Q1
2017 Audi Q1 crossover will receive the mark “AU 276” and will be carried out on the modernizing Volkswagen Tiguan and AudiQ3 platform, although the previous information was about the Volkswagen Polo platform. The size of 2017Audi Q1 will be the next: 3, 8 meters lengthwise (it became less on 0,585 meters compared with the cross over Audi Q3), car’s width, height and a wheelbase are 1,880 meters, 1,510 meters, and 2,560 meters respectively. The materials of body are polymer and aluminums, which enforced with glasses fiber and carbons fiber. The vehicle’s weight (with considering the lithium ion battery) will be 1490 kilograms.
The new compact SUV developed on the MQB modular platform, which has formed the basis of the latest vehicles of the Volkswagen Group mainly a golf class, but under the hood, there will be the 3- and 4-cylinder turbo, capable of delivering from 100hp to 260hp. In general, the motor range will be petrol and diesel turbo volume of one to two liters, which is aggregated with a 6-speed or 7-mode robotic DSG dual-clutch gearbox. Suspension of the new premium crossover allows the installation of 19 – inch wheels. It will be a version with front-wheel and full-drive car. The body of 2017Audi Q1 completely covers the film camouflage, but in spite of this, you can see the similarity of design elements with the flagship Q7 of the last generation.
There will be a turbo charged three engine of 140hp, 180hp, 230hp equipped with a robotic box. RS turbo charged version will get 300-horses (380Newton-meter) 2,0-liters-engine. Besides, the company is planning to output modification with a hybrid power plant in 2018, which will consist of a 1200 gasoline engine and electric motor-blocks. In addition, a miniature crossover 2017Audi Q1 will be released in the gas version g-tron.
Mark Lichte, who came to the company and was appointed a chief designer at the end of 2013, changed the designer that initially created the Audi subcompact crossover’s design. Therefore, now M. Lichte starts to participate in the decoration of appearance and creation exterior modifications of cars S-Line, RS-Line and Exclusive Line. At the present moment, the line “Q” includes the Audi Q3 cross over model, Audi Q5, as well as “hot” modifications in addition to the biggest off-road modification – Audi Q7. Q1 can be regarded as a conceptual prototype of Audi Coupe Concept, shown back in 2012 at the Paris Auto Show, however, the production version of the new model will have five doors. In addition, the new Audi Q1 is equipped with steel wheels, and a small rear spoiler.
According to the automaker’s information, the Audi Q1 model is designed for the younger generation. It is because of its low price (the cost of 2017Audi Q1 is 25 thousands euro, as it has been said earlier).