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Audi Q1 Crossover Back In The Spotlight

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Audi bosses have hinted at launching a new compact crossover based on the A1 and positioned below the Q3 for several years now, though nothing official has come to light yet.

The closest we got to an official confirmation were comments from CEO Rupert Stadler that the Q family still has potential and that it is not yet complete.

Any new crossover based on the A1 platform would almost certainly be labeled a Q1 and compete in the same niche as vehicles like the recently revealed Buick Encore and Ford EcoSport, though the Audi would be much more premium.

Now a company insider has revealed to What Car? that Q1 is being considered, though any launch would still be years away.

“You've seen how our SUVs have been getting smaller--Q7, Q5, Q3--and the A1 platform could go in that direction, but nothing is planned for the near future,” the insider said.

One thing’s for certain, said the insider, and that is that there are no plans for an A1 convertible as it would be too close to the current A3 drop-top.

Pictured above is an earlier rendering of what a possible Q1 crossover from Audi could look like.
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  1. Wow. This is obviously a segment of the market I am TOTALLY out of touch with.
    I just see no need.

    The Q7 at least was a real SUV. Lots more space, some off road ability, good tow numbers. What, exactly, is this thing?
     
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  2. Gus ...all it will be is a jacked up hatch. With bigger wheels.
    The thing is it will eb so heavy and the wheel travel with be so large that fuel consumption will be worse than its larger siblings !
     
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  3. Gus, think TT on huge-ass wheels
     
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  4. What a cool lookin' Audi. That design looks downright Bauhaus-ish. Viva first gen TT design!
     
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  5. Well, the Bauhaus TT does look great, and this looks interesting, but I guess, like I said, I'm just out of touch, because I don't get it.

    The picture shows it off road, so maybe that's what it is, a serious off-roader to go head to head with a Land Rover or Wrangler... or perhaps not.
     
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  6. This is the Steppenwolf concept from like 10 years ago. It looked silly then, it looks stupid now and it will look possitively ludicrous when it debuts 4 years + $5/gallon from now.

    40 models. Automotive whoredom. But at least I uderstand they *may* be doing it to comply with US & EU CAFE standards. What's *your* excuse for buying this thing or the upcoming A1? The same as the guy's who buys the 1 series: you're a brand snob tool.
     
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  7. Yeah, this is the Steppenwolf. http://www.supercars.net/cars/107.html
    I liked it then (2000), but now, unless they pair it with a really fuel efficient diesel (V-6 or I-6, or even a turbo 4), it won't sell well here.

    One of the coolest things, IMHO, about the concept was the full sized spare behind the rear bumper (it was a drawer that pulled out).
     
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  8. Hector,

    I take issue with you writing off the people who are buying the bmw 1 series are a brand snob tool. Just because you don't like a car or its design that you have to say that anyone that buys the car is a tool. Everyone has their own preference in cars and from last check, I still live in America and I can choose what ever car that I want to drive.

    I have owned 2 BMWs in my life (1989 325is and 2006 325i) but I have also owned Mazdas (6 and CX9), Fords(F150, Tempo, Explorer, Tarus), Chevys(Camaro), Mitsubushi (Galant), Chrysler (Town and Country). So you cannot call me a brand snob but I love the 1 series. It is compact, powerful, and fun as hell to drive. I even like the styling. It remindes me of my 1989 235is.

    I always reserve judgement on any car until I drive it or it is even produced. What if this car can get 30mpg for a small SUV? You don't know. Nobody knows because it hasn't been developed yet. I am sure that Audi is reading these boards for your opinions to drive their business decisions. Until it comes out, I am enjoing this renaissance of the auto industry and the diversity of the ideas coming from all angles of the industry.
     
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  9. mlevere, look up "hector" in the dictionary, it's a word, a verb even, I promise. :)

    That said, Hector makes a point in that some people will buy anything fed them by a brand. You are obviously not one of them.

    I like the 1 series as well. Looks a bit, ok very, feminine, al the headlights need is a line of mascara, actually, but it's a great little car, especially the 135.

    Back to topic, yes, I recognize that concept now. I'm surprised they actually fleshed it out, however...
     
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  10. This would not be like a TT on huge wheels as this is supposed to be on a modified POlo platform, and the TT is on the Golf platform.
     
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  11. Somehow, even with the extra weight, a 1.2L diesel would put the mileage in the high 30's, the 1.6L at least low to mid 30's. Reminiscent of the AMC SX4 from the 80's, in turn based on the original crossover, AMC Eagle wagon. Nothing new under the sun?
     
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