Q1 baby SUV to lead new model push when it arrives in 2016; Q range could grow to include sportier models, as well as an MPV-live SUV in the form of a Q6
Mark Tisshaw
15 January 2014

A whole suite of new Audi Q models are planned by the company, including a Q1 and crossovers that mix MPV and SUV traits.

Speaking at the Detroit motor show, Audi technical chief Ulrich Hackenberg said the Q range had “lots of potential”.

A Q1 model is planned for 2016. It will be based on the firm’s MQB platform and be built in Germany, with production of the next-generation Q5 shifting to Mexico to make production capacity for it.

“We can go up after that [with a Q8 or Q9] and can also go inbetween our current Q cars with a model between the Q3 and Q5 or one between the Q5 and Q7,” said Hackenberg. “These are projects we are discussing and working on.

“You can go sportier with Q cars but you can also be more MPV like with more seats. Q can be a way of thinking, presenting a lifestyle. We need cars with more seats; MPVs are not fashionable but MPVs are, so why not combine both? The Q6 is a theory for this.”

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Our Verdict

The Audi Q3 is a desirable and capable contender that fails to engage its driver, which ultimately, leaves it trailing the BMW X1 and the Range Rover Evoque

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