The popular manufacturer has been looking to make its way in the lower segment crossover SUVs with the new 2017 Audi Q1. With this model, the Audi has managed to fulfill their objective effectually. Along with Q3 and Q7 versions of the mid-range cross-over SUVs; Audi came up with the Q1 RS version in 2016. Smallest of the lot, the Q1 RS competes with BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA. The 2017 Audi Q1 will be an FWD but a Quattro version AWD is also expected. Similar to its predecessor A1 or A3, the Q1 is built on the MQB platform from Volkswagen. Thus regarding size, it will be a little longer and wider with sharp edges.
2017 Audi Q1 – Significant Changes:
The 2017 Audi Q1 is stylish and well organized when it comes to looks and comfort. The front and rear bumpers look borrowed from its successors. Typically a ‘squeezed Audi Q5’, this ‘baby SUV’ shares the elegance of Q5 and Q7. Multi-barrel Xenon lights and the chrome lining on the grill make it more visually appealing. The logo sits nicely in the center. A Bang & Olufsen surround system has been coupled with a DVD Player for full entertainment.
The inner dashboard has been layered with high-quality Nappa leather. All the latest technological pleasures like a large interactive touch screen and rearview cameras make it a pleasure ride. The 2017 Audi Q1 has borrowed the center function display and the mounted controls on the steering wheel from its seniors.
2017 Audi Q1 – Engine Variants:
The Audi did not compromise with quality and lavishness thus retaining the luxury properties it has been enjoying. The different versions of Audi Q1 are:
- 1.4 liter 4-cylinder petrol producing 125 to 150 HP.
- 2.0-liter TFSI petrol producing 230 HP and 273 ft-lb of torque.
This engines will be paired with a 7 speed DSG transmission. The Audi might take into heed rumors of a 3-liter BiTDi diesel version, but a bit later. As a promise, the Q1 is expected to hit the 0-60 mph mark in around 8 seconds flat and a 120 mph top speed.
As with most the luxury SUV’s, the 2017 Audi Q1 struggles to deliver 18.82 mpg around the city and a highway mileage of 23.5 mpg. The Audi has, however, promised to work on the fuel consumption through its latest engineering.
The ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), ESP (Electronic stability program) and EBFD (Electronic Brake force distribution) will ensure proper handling on the streets. Furthermore, it is fitted with disc brakes on both wheels.
Pricing and Tentative Release Date:
Launched in 2016, the base model Q1 will be available at around $25,000 which goes up to excess of $35,000 for the higher trims. The new model is set to compete with the BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA classes.