News of the new model’s coming was confirmed in March, when Audi revealed that production will begin in early 2016.
With a debut likely to occur either at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show or November’s LA Auto Show, a new independent rendering published this week offers a convincing view of what we could see later this year.
The company’s new ‘3D’ grille design is featured, building on the look established both with the new Q7 and with Audi’s recently facelifted Q3 compact SUV.
New Q7- and TT-inspired headlights flank the bold grille frame, while the rendering’s profile presents a familiar look through the glasshouse and door shapes.
It remains to be seen if those aspects of this rendering will prove accurate, however, with a teaser sketch released in late 2013 (below) hinting at a more angular design and a tapered roofline.
Another recent concept, the Audi Crosslane - which provided the front-end inspiration for TopSpeed's rendering - could also preview the new 2016 Q1's final look.
Technical details for the Q1 are still to be revealed, although it is known the range will ride on the smallest version of Volkswagen’s MQB platform.
Reports claim the Q1 will come in at 3800mm long, making it around 500mm shorter than the Q3 - and even 150mm shorter than the already tiny A1 hatch.
Expect the Q1 to share its powertrains with the A1 and Polo, and watch for a performance-focused SQ1 model to eventually headline the range.
The Q1's debut will form part of an expansion that will see Audi's global line-up grow from 52 models today to 60 models by 2020.