Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Audi teases tiny crossover for Detroit show

Images that Audi released for the Q1 depict a vehicle with four doors, while the sketches of the Detroit auto show concept (pictured) show a vehicle with only two.

Described by Audi as “sporty, compact and versatile,” this e-tron crossover concept is a two-door model designed for “all roads and tracks, for everyday driving and recreational use.” It will have high ground clearance and measure over 13 feet in length.
The outer skin of this electric car is described as almost being modeled “from a solid piece, from the Singleframe grille and striking side tornado line to the taut, coupĂ©-like rear. The overhangs are short; the roof line is low and it ends in a strong C pillar. The pronounced horizontal body line and the large 19-inch wheels emphasize the impression of concentrated energy.”
There are a number of potential Audi models that could draw upon the Detroit concept. One would be an “allroad” version of the Audi A1, a Mini Cooper competitor that launched in Europe in 2010 and is due for a redesign around 2016 or 2017. Such a car has been rumored since the A1 first went on sale.
The concept could also influence the design of the Q1, or be spun off into a coupe-like version called the Q2, just as Audi’s A5 coupe is one step up from its A4 sedan.