Audi’s annual press conference, held today, has brought confirmation of a number of new models for the German luxury marque.
Details for the new 3 Series and C-Class rival are still to come, although our spy photos reveal that we can expect elements of the extravagant Prologue concepts to feature in the new midsizer’s styling.
A broad new take on the familiar Audi grille will dominate the new A4’s face, flanked by longer and sharper headlights.
A more streamlined roofline will also feature, positioning the new A4 in the packed space between ‘regular sedan’ and ‘four-door coupe’.
Expect the new-gen A4 to sit on Audi’s new MLB-Evo platform, which evolves the current model’s architecture with a number of new lightweight aluminium components.
As for the now confirmed Q1, confirmation of the new model first came more than a year ago, although today’s announcement makes the first official word of an early 2016 production date.
Audi released a teaser sketch of the new compact SUV in late 2013 (top of article), revealing a heavily angular body with a tapered rear and a bold upright face.
“The Audi Q1 is part of our broad-based SUV strategy. It is designed on the basis of the modular transverse engine concept and will round off our Q series at the bottom end,” Audi CEO Rupert Stadler said at the time.
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.
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