Audi has released a series of official design sketches showing a new compact crossover concept that is planned to make its world premiere at the Detroit motor show in early January.
Billed as a design study, the new crossover is said to provide hints to the appearance of the next generation of Audi Q models, including a new Q1-badged offering confirmed for production in 2016 by the German car maker’s chairman, Rupert Stadler, earlier this week.
Audi describes its high-riding crossover as possessing a traditional shooting brake-like body with two long doors and an angled estate-style tailgate.
In keeping with a design lineage that can be traced all the way back to the original TT concept car, it also sports a high waistline, shallow glasshouse and prominently flared wheel houses that accommodate the concept car’s 19-inch wheels.
Further design elements include a new interpretation of the German car maker’s signature single frame grille, into which the word “quattro” appears as a nod to the new concept’s four-wheel drive system. The crossover ’s heavily tapered front end also houses distinctive trapezoidal-shaped headlamps featuring what the initial design sketches allude to as being LED graphics.