An A1-based crossover called the Q1 could well be on the way from Audi in 2012.
As our artist's impression of a Q1 shows, it would be an upmarket rival to cars such as the Nissan Juke, and a direct competitor to the proposed Mini Paceman, and would probably cost from around £18,000.
There is a wide range of engine options open to Audi including the excellent 1.4 TSI direct-injection petrol, which produces from 120bhp to 182bhp, and 1.6-litre diesels.
Four-wheel-drive versions would certainly be an option – using the same system that the Audi has developed for the sporty range-topping 182bhp S Line.
Audi has boasted that production will hit record highs this year and no fewer than 13 new models will be introduced, including the all-new A6 and convertible and five-door versions of the A1. This year is probably a little early for the Q1, but we expect the car to surface in 2012.
In 1978, the company had just two cars in its family – the 80 and 100 – but by 2000 it had 17. Today the tally has almost doubled to 32. Audi has said it wants to grow its range to 42 models by to 2015.
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