Likely presaging the upcoming Audi Q1 small crossover arriving in 2016, Audi will display a new two-door crossover concept at the 2014 Detroit auto show. Preliminary sketches reveal that the currently-unnamed crossover will feature Audi’s hybrid e-tron technology, as well as its signature Quattro all-wheel-drive system.
Nearly eight inches shorter than the Europe-only 2014 Audi Q3, and just over seventeen inches shorter than the U.S.-market Audi Q5, it’s safe to say that this two-door concept previews the Q1 that Audi announced earlier this week. The sketches betray very similar proportions, with notable similarities such as high beltline, massive wheels, and long wheelbase. The Audi Q1 will be the smallest of all Audi crossovers and is expected to be related to the Volkswagen Polo hatchback.
The crossover concept takes design elements from some of Audi’s past creations, including the two-door Crosslane Coupe concept revealed at the 2012 Paris auto show. The Crosslane Coupe’s front-end design certainly carries over to the new concept crossover, sporting the same single-frame grille flanked by deep, boxy intakes, and trapezoidal eyelid headlights.
Quattro badging, massive 19-inch wheels, long wheelbase, high ground clearance, wide track, and strong stance combine to continue the sporty and aggressive design language we saw on the Audi Sport Quattro concept at the 2013 Frankfurt auto show. The style and layout of the interior center console bears a likeness to that of the Audi Nanuk Quattro concept also shown at the 2013 Frankfurt auto show, particularly concerning the use of a brawny all-metal cylindrical shift knob.
Other design inspirations include the Audi A3 e-tron. The new crossover concept features the same angled rear hatch, which Audi has employed to create their vision of shooting brake-style body. The e-tron badging in front of the rear wheels also communicates that this concept will be a plug-in hybrid. Based what we know about the upcoming Q1 and its use of the MQB-architecture, it is likely that the concept will combine an electric motor with the same 1.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine used in the 2015 Audi A3 e-tron.
This Audi crossover concept will be a key indicator of the Audi Q1 set to debut in 2016, and even more so a telling sign of Audi’s styling and design plans moving forward. We’ll be certain to take note and report back if any more information surfaces leading up to the car’s reveal at the 2014 Detroit auto show.