WASHINGTON -- Audi has released design sketches for a subcompact crossover concept that it plans to unveil at the Detroit auto show next month, giving another hint of Audi’s ideas for the smaller end of its fast-growing crossover lineup.
Audi announced earlier this week that it plans to start selling a small, four-door crossover called the Q1 in 2016, competing with jacked-up subcompacts such as the Mini Countryman and the Nissan Juke.
But the images that Audi released for the Q1 depict a vehicle with four doors, while the sketches of the Detroit auto show concept show a vehicle with only two, suggesting that the look of Audi’s small crossover family is not yet set in stone.
“The show car is a systematic development of the Audi design language,” Audi said in a statement. “It combines a host of visual elements from future sports car models with the Audi-typical allroad concept and independent ‘shooting brake’ body form.”
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.