The Audi Q1 will be built. Production will begin in 2016 at the plant in Ingolstadt, Germany. The Audi Board of Management and Works Council has given the green light to the project and will round out the Q3, RS Q3, Q5, SQ5 and Q7 fleet with this entry model.
No word on performance, price or power-train – yet. I would be surprised if the updated 2.0-liter turbo wasn’t slated for the Q1. Audi considers the Q1 an important part of their growth strategy.
“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,” stated Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG. As an attractive entry into the Q family, the new model will make a strong contribution to the company’s ongoing growth and will strengthen its international competitiveness. Audi is continuing its model offensive with the Q1; by 2020, the automaker will expand its product range from the current 49 to more than 60 models. By then, Audi will reach total unit sales of more than two million automobiles each year.” – – Audi AG
Speaking of German crossovers – check out this Volkswagen Cross Blue Coupe Concept as its revealed!
One final quote from Audi: “This is a clear commitment to Ingolstadt as a production site. We will continue to make all efforts to develop the plant even further as the leading technological site of the Audi Group.”