Could New Audi Q1 Come to USA?

Audi is going to roll out a brand new subcompact crossover. The Audi Q1 is expected to be released in Europe early 2016. If they decide to offer it in the U.S., it will probably be launched by the end of 2016. It will be a crossover counterpart of the recently introduced Audi A1 hatchback. Having a subcompact urban crossover in the range is something that would probably attract younger audience to the Audi brand. It’s expected to be affordable, but to keep Audi quality. That way, the automaker will, hopefully, create life-long customers. The Drive report suggests that the construction of the Audi Q1 and the Audi A1 might be similar, according to Lisa Heyne, head of Audi A1 marketing, but they couldn’t get a clarification.

Audi Q1 Concept

Audi Q1 Features

However, we can assume that the all-new crossover will have some styling cues borrowed from the A1 hatchback. On the other hand, it would be more natural if the Audi Q1 comes with the DNA of the Audi crossover range.

At the teaser image of the Audi Q1, which was released earlier, we can’t see how exactly the new crossover will look like. Nonetheless, we can get an idea of its proportions and style. We can expect a subcompact, but robust crossover which won’t have an inferiority complex next to its bigger stable mates.

As for the platform, the Audi Q1 will probably share its basic architecture with the new Volkswagen CUV – the VW Taigun.

The Audi A1 will selflessly share its engine lineup with the upcoming crossover sibling. This means that the Q1 will probably get three- and four-cylinder engines. Of course, there will be both gasoline and diesel variants.

Will Audi Q1 Come to USA?

We can’t say whether the Audi Q1 will be offered in the U.S. It depends on the automaker’s calculations. North America is a big market, but it’s questionable how many subcompact crossovers can be sold here when there are the Q3, Q5 and Q7 models. But, if they want to reach their ambitious volume goals, they might need a little help from the U.S. market. We hope they will expand the range with the Audi Q1 which will be an interesting refreshment and yet another option.

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