2017 Audi Q1 Release date, Engine, News

2017 Audi Q1 is an all-new model from Audi’s Q series, and it is often referred as “baby SUV”, since it is the smallest crossover from this range. German automobile manufacturer earlier announced its plan to expand its overall vehicles range up to 60 models, by 2020. This plan implies 10 all-new models, which will be produced up to that date. 2017 Audi Q1 is one of those 10. However, even though it might seem too much, this number will not be so tough to reach, since Audi counts its “RS” and “S” variants as new model, which practically creates three model out of one.

2017 Audi Q1 Front

2017 Audi Q1 platform

“The Audi Q1 is part of our broad-based SUV strategy. It is designed on the basis of the MQB modular transverse engine concept and will round off our Q series at the bottom end” said Rupert Stadler, chairman of Audi AG. With release date closing we’ve been getting some new and interesting info about the latest SUV from Audi Q line –up.

Its exterior will be combination of coupe and SUV, with styling cues taken from A1. Its target group of customers includes Nissan Juke buyers that look for a more premium version. However, Q1 engineers will have to take care not to overload the “baby SUV” with tech equipment, in order to preserve its low weight, and to make the Q3 model above the Q1 when it comes to features.

2017 Audi Q1 Rear

2017 Audi Q1 engine line-up

As expected from Germans, new 2017 Audi Q1 brings the broad engine range. Performance has always been the most important segment when it comes to Audi, and new model is no exception. It will be available with diversity of both petrol and diesel engines, while not all power units will be available for all markets.

First out of four and smallest petrol unit available is a 1.0-liter TSI engine capable to deliver 116 horsepower and 147 lb-ft of torque. Second engine in this line-up includes 1.4-liter four-cylinder, which will probably be available for US market too. This engine produces 140 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque. Third possibility is 1.8-liter TFSI with 180 horsepower and 205 lb-ft of torque. Final petrol engine, and strongest one, is a 2.0-litre TFSI with 230 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque.

Diesel power units available for the 2017 Audi Q1 will, most likely include 1.4-litre TDI, and a higher-powered 1.6-liter TDI. European version of this all-new SUV could also incorporate 2.0-liter TDI with either 150 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque, or with 184 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque.

Transmission choices for the 2017 Audi Q1 will include a 6-speed manual, which will be the standard, and either VW’s new 10-speed DSG or 7-speed automatic transmission as optimal. Front wheel drive will be standard driving configuration, while all-wheel drive will be available too.

2017 Audi Q1

2017 Audi Q1 competition

Beside Nissan Juke, which we already mentioned as Q1’s competition, this great little SUV will also compete with rivals like Fiat Panda, Peugeot 2008, BMW X1 and Ford EcoSport.

2017 Audi Q1 price and release

2017 Audi Q1 debut will happen probably at the Detroit Motor Show, while is expected to be released on sale during the summer, same year. Although its pricing specs are not released yet, it is expected to start around $25,000.

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