24-Sept-2011: It has been quite long when German automobile manufacturer Audi has decided to bring the ‘Q’ series SUV within the reach of a large population. In order to make it happen, Audi seems to be all set to launch a mini version of its mighty SUV Audi Q5. The new small crossover SUV has been christened as Audi Q1. It is expected to be launched in India in early 2012. Perusing the features and specification of the SUV, Audi Q1 price in India is expected to be approximately Rs 28 lakh. However, recent reports suggest that despite being a small SUV, Audi will not compromise with quality and it is assumed that almost all the features of the biggies viz. Audi Q5 and Audi Q7, will be there in the new Audi mini SUV.
Audi Q1 is the upcoming mini crossover SUV from German carmaker Audi. The new small SUV by Audi is expected to be placed below its big SUVs Audi Q5 and Audi Q7 as well as the upcoming Audi Q3. It is under development based on the Volkswagen Group PQ24 platform. This is the same platform on which the Volkswagen Polo and Skoda Fabia cars are built.
Audi Q1 has been a dream project of German car manufacturer and was announced long ago. Audi Q1 will be part of the strategy that Audi adopted to be at the number one by 2015. Audi targets to sell 1.5 million cars by 2015.
Audi Q series started in 2005 when the German automaker introduced the bigger SUV Audi Q7 followed by 2008 when they brought in the compact SUV Audi Q5. The Audi Q3, third in the series is expected to join in early 2012. The name of the Audi Q1 itself suggests that it will be the entry level mini SUV in the Q series. It is also expected that Audi could drop the ‘Q’ from Q1 in US as per its agreement.
The mini SUV by Audi is also quite similar to it the Audi A1 city car that is claimed to have very good response in Audi’s history. The new Audi Q1 is expected to have a variety of power trains under the hood. As per initial information, Audi Q1 will be available in both diesel and petrol versions. The Audi Q1 petrol is expected to be powered by 1.4L TFSI engine. The engine is capable of producing 125hp and will be mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The other two petrol variants that are also expected are capable of producing 150hp and 200hp. Whereas the diesel engine will be a 1.2L TDI producing 120bhp and another diesel option will be a 1.6L engine producing 100 to 120hp power.
The new Audi SUV will be a five-door, all-road car and will be available in front wheel and all-wheel-drive A (Quattro) versions. The new Audi Q1 though smaller in size will be taking a great deal from its seniors - Audi Q5 and Audi Q7 besides inheriting from Audi Q3. In all, the new Audi Q1 will be a compact sporty car with the compactness of a city car and the agility and sturdiness of an SUV. Besides this the Audi Q3 will be a bigger and a car with high ground clearance as compared to a small car. In addition to it, it will have large wheels and small turning radius. Preliminary information suggests that it will be under four meter car with a length of 3.95m. It will have a 2.46m wheelbase. Also, it is expected that the new small SUV by Audi will be available in two and four door versions. The new Audi Q1 will be based on the strengthened version of the PQ24 platform of the Volkswagen Polo.
Overall, the exteriors of Audi Q1 look like a squeezed Audi Q5. The front of the Q1 seems to be a dubbed version of Audi Q5 however preserving the proportions. It also carries the same sporty and elegant look as that of Q5 and Q7. The front has a prominent grille with the Audi logo seated at the centre. The chrome lining on the grille further enhances the front appeal of the car. Multi barrel Xenon headlamps with day time running LEDs are expected to garnish the front of the new Audi SUV. Besides, it will have its own bumper shape different from its biggies. The sides throw an image more like a big hatchback than a mini SUV. The typical Audi styling of Q5 pervades in Q1 as well. The rear too is similar to the big siblings.
The Q1 interiors are another example of comfort with a characteristic aesthetic appeal. Step inside will none less than awe filling. The interior looks spacious even when the Audi Q1 is a much smaller SUV. Besides making it small, Audi seems to have not constrained the appearance and comfort inside. The Q1 will have a comfortable seating for five people and is also expected to have enough Headroom, legroom and elbowroom both at the front and rear as well. Sporty leather clad seats will adorn the interiors and make it a typical sporty SUV. There will be four spoke steering with mounted controls on it. It is assumed that similar to its seniors, Q1 will also house multi function display on the central console.
Audi Q1 like other SUVs by Audi, takes car of the comfort department pretty well. The three-zone air conditioning with climate control is also expected to be part of Q1. Besides, for those who are allergic to pollens there could be a pollen filter on this new Audi SUV. In order to demystify the rear screen there will be a defogger. Furthermore, Q1 is also expected to have an array of comfort features.
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Being an SUV, acceleration is in its veins. Audi Q1 can strut to 100kmph though far behind its big brother Audi Q5 that sprints to this mark in just 7.2 seconds. It is expected that Q1 will have a top speed of 200kmph.
There will be two engine options on the Audi Q1. The petrol car will have 1400cc engine to power it that has a capacity to churn out 125bhp. Initially, industry experts believe that there will be two more petrol options which are expected to deliver 150bhp. There will also be a 1.6L TDi engine option on the Audi Q1 that will be able to produce a maximum power of 120bhp. This new Audi SUV will have a six-speed transmission box to translate the power output by the engine to the wheels. Being an SUV, Audi Q1 will be made to perform decently on any terrain. On the highways or on the most rugged rural roads in India Q1 is expected to cruise like a feather.
SUVs are nobodies friends be it then environment or the fossil fuels but Audi will be putting in latest engineering to make the new Audi Q1 have best in class fuel economy. Since the car is yet to be launched nothing sure can be said about its mileage. However, it is expected to deliver around 8 kmpl in the city and 10 on the highways.
The new Audi Q1 is expected to have a variety of power trains under the hood. As per initial information, Audi Q1 will be available in both diesel and petrol versions. The Audi Q1 petrol is expected to be powered by 1.4L TFSI engine. The engine is capable of producing 125hp and will be mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The other two petrol variants that are also expected are capable of producing 150hp and 200hp. Whereas the diesel engine will be a 1.2L TDI producing 80hp and another diesel option will be a 1.6L engine producing 100 to 120hp power.
In order to make even the boring long highways or too occupying bumpy off-roads pleasant, Audi Q1 will have Bang & Olufsen surround sound system. There will also be a DVD player fitted in the car that will ensure that the passengers are entertained well.
In order to ensure efficient braking, the Q1 has disc brakes both at the front and rear. Q1 will also have anti-lock braking system, electronic stability program and electronic brake force distribution as part of the standard equipment. However, it is doubtful whether traction control and parking sensors will be there on the Q1 or not. This small SUV will have all independent suspension that will make its handling far easier even on the bumpy roads or on curvy turns. The steering on the Q1 is adjustable for driving comfort and ease in handling.
If it is Audi, one can be sure that it has taken care of the safety features well. The anti-lock braking system ensures that the car wheels do not lock even in case of panic braking. Besides, there will also be brake assist available on this small SUV that does not let it skid. The central locking with power door locks will also be available on this small crossover SUV. For the safety of kids, there will also be a child safety locks. Furthermore, in order to ensure that the Q1 does not succumb to the ill hands, it has anti-theft alarm and engine immobilizer. Above all, for the safety of the passenger the mini crossover SUV has driver as well as passenger airbags. There will also be side airbag at the front and rear. For the convenience of the driver, the inside rear view mirror has a day and night function. There are xenon headlamps to ensure that the road is well illuminated at night.
Even though Q1 is a small SUV it will be mounted on 17 inches alloy wheels in order to preserve the ground clearance. The tyre size is expected to remain around 235/65 R 17.
Small size, easy maneuverability in city, price
In an aggressive development plans, the German luxury carmaker Audi is all set to expand its Q-Series lineup with the addition of new member Q1. Audi AG has confirmed its plans of launching an entry level crossover, which will roll off the assembly lined in Ingolstadt in 2016.
New cars are literally pouring down in the car markets across the globe and ‘smaller the better’ is the philosophy being driven by the car manufacturers of late. The ultra-compact Audi Q1 SUV is the true example to offer as an instance for the step taken by the car manufacturers in that direction. Powered by the petrol and the diesel powertrains just perfect to meet the petrol and the diesel car demands in the global car markets, the mini SUV Audi Q1 is expected to house a 1.2 L petrol engine and a 1.5 L diesel engine sourced by Volkswagen to suffice for the needs of the sub-four meter length vehicle.
Audi, the German luxury car manufacturer, recorded a strong first quarter with 1611 cars delivered in India between January to March 2011. Powering ahead with its aggressive outlook for 2011, the brand with four rings continued its positive growth trajectory with a growth of 107 per cent for this quarter (Jan-March 2010: 778 cars). Sales for the first quarter exceeded 50 per cent of the total number of cars sold last year (Jan – Dec 2010: 3003 cars). Sales figures for the month of March 2011 alone stood at 681 cars – an impressive growth of 210 per cent (220 cars in March 2010).