Audi is preparing to launch its smallest SUV yet. The German brand is slated to launch a Q1 sometime in 2020, according to a new report.
According to reports, the Q1 has already been given the green-light for production. It’s expected to be based on the next-generation A1, which is nearing the final stages of engineering now. Both vehicles will be based on the smallest iteration of Volkswagen’s MQB platform, which is already underpinning the VW Polo.
The Q1’s MQB bones means VW’s host of three and four-cylinder engines will be found under the hood, including diesel options in Europe. It is possible Audi’s new mild hybrid system could be pulled from the A6 and A8 for this new SUV too, depending if the cost of the system goes down enough by launch.
Audi executives have stopped short of out-right confirming the Q1 is coming, but point to the global SUV trend as evidence more SUVs are easy to justify. The Q1 isn’t the only new SUV Audi is working on. A new Audi Q8 is coming, which will serve as the flagship of the Audi SUV lineup. A Q4 is also coming.
The Audi Q1 is expected to start production by the end of 2020. There’s no official word on which global markets the new SUV will be sold in, but our guess is the majority of them.