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Not content with its current range of niche models, Audi is set to release yet another SUV, this time aiming for the small SUV market with another addition to the Q range called the Q1, which will go into production in 2016.
The car will expand the Q range to a total of six, joining the Q3, RS Q3, Q5, SQ5 and Q7. Sitting in the middle of the array of larger vehicles, the Q5 takes up over 50 per cent of the range’s sales, with 194,430 units being sold up until October of this year.
We’ve technically seen a version of the Q1 already in the form of the 2012 Paris motor show’s Crosslane Coupe. In terms of size, the Q1 will not surprisingly sit below the Q3 and have similar dimensions to that of the Mini Countryman, as well as rivalling the BMW X1.
Audi’s chairman, Rupert Stadler, confirmed the Q1 will be based on Volkswagen’s MQB platform that has most recently been used for the new Audi A3. It will be produced at Audi’s Ingolstadt plant alongside the A3, A3 Sportback and A4 and A5 models.
Presently, SUVs make up around 28 per cent of Audi’s portfolio of vehicles, with this expected by company bods to rise to 35 per cent by 2020. Audi wants to increase its range to 60 vehicles in six years’ time, as well as to increase production capacity to more than two million units per year.
Stadler commented on the Q1’s introduction by saying: “The Q1 is part of our broad based SUV strategy and a key component of our growth strategy.”
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