If you think there is no way Audi could make a crossover that is smaller than the Q2, you are wrong. The German manufacturer is working on a new entry-level crossover, which will come as the 2021 Audi Q1. Those are the latest reports we are getting from this company, which has been pretty busy with crossover in the past several years. There is the new flagship Q8 model, as well as the new Q4, while the company is also working on a completely new all-electric crossover.
When it comes to the 2021 Audi Q1, it’s not hard to presume that it will feature plenty of similarities with the recently redesigned A1. Count on the same mechanics, as well as a lot of similarities in terms of the styling. Also, the engine lineup should be pretty much the same, as well as the cabin and features. The new model should arrive by the end of 2020.
2021 Audi Q1 Design
When it comes to base design characteristics, this will be the smallest crossover in the company’s lineup. As we’ve already mentioned, it will have many things in common with the hatchback counterpart, the A1. The A1 has been redesigned last year and it comes with a completely new design and loads of new technologies. It is a typical small city car, which measures less than 101 inches in wheelbase.
The 2021 Audi Q1 will ride on the same version of the modular MQB platform and feature pretty much the same overall dimensions. It will be slightly higher and could become a little bit longer. Still, the overall proportions should remain pretty much the same. Count on notably higher ground clearance and some suspension upgrades as well.
When it comes to the styling, a great thing about the manufacturer from Ingolstadt is that it’s so easy to predict how new models will look like. This company holds strickly to its styling philosophy, so all models look very similar. Naturally, the 2021 Audi Q1 will have most things in common with the new A1. Moreover, we expect even more similarities with the A1 Citycarver, which is already a crossover-ish version of this small hatch. It comes with higher ground clearance, lots of black plastic details and similar things that are typical for crossovers.
The 2021 Audi Q1 should come in a pretty similar way. Count on the nearly identical front end, which possible small tweaks to the bumper, while the ground clearance should be higher for a couple of more inches. Also, the rear end should be a little bigger and feature a little bit different roofline, which would provide more cargo space and headroom in the second row. Still, these modifications definitely won’t be drastic.
When it comes to the interior design, the 2021 Audi Q1 should be a typical copycat. We count on the same cabin we can find in the A1, with an identical dashboard and the rest of the interior. That’s not a bad thing at all. Moreover, this small hatchback features a pretty nice interior, with quality materials and pretty elegant styling. The dashboard is also pretty functional, with very good ergonomics. Also, there are loads of tech goodies, including the latest touchscreen interface with smartphone integration. The famous digital instrument cluster should be available in higher trim levels.
When it comes to the interior space, keep in mind that this will be a supermini-based crossover, so the second row will probably be pretty tight, while the cargo area won’t be very generous. On the other side, the front row should be quite spacious and comfortable for all kinds of journeys.
2021 Audi Q1 Engines
When it comes to the powertrain, we may expect similar powertrain lineup to the A1’s one. This means that the offer will probably start with a small 1.0-liter turbo three-cylinder engine, though we presume that the crossover will skip the base version of the engine and come only with the more powerful variant, which is good for about 115 horsepower. The engine offer should also include a 1.5-liter turbo-four, which delivers around 150 horsepower. Finally, there is the most powerful version which should come with a 2.0-liter turbo-four, which delivers 200 horsepower.
All models should come with the S Tronic automatic transmission, while some of the versions should be available with manual transmission too.
2021 Audi Q1 Release Date and Price
We still don’t have the exact information about the launch date, but we have no doubt that the 2021 Audi Q1 will hit the market by the end of the year. When it comes to the price, we presume that base models will go somewhere between 23.000 and 25.000 dollars.