British media is reporting the Audi Q1 will borrow several styling cues from the company's crossover, Sportback and Avant models.

British media is reporting the Audi Q1 will borrow several styling cues from the company's crossover, Sportback and Avant models.

Audi has already released a teaser image announcing a new entry-level crossover called Q1 will be out in 2016 and now CAR is providing some preliminary details about the subcompact crossover. It's being developed under the AU276 codename and it will have just about the same size as the three-door A3. Most of the hardware components will be inherited from the Q3 but with a shorter wheelbase and a different body.

Speaking of the body, the design was mostly completed before Marc Lichte took over as the man in charge of Audi's styling but he still managed to influence the Q1's looks by adding more cosmetic packages for what will end up being S, RS and Exclusive Line derivatives. Expect to find bigger alloy wheels, contrasting sideblades covering the C pillars, underbody protection and a prominent pointed concave finish running above the door handles from front to rear.

The silhouette of the Audi Q1 will likely be a mixture of crossover, Sportback and Avant traits while under the hood there will be familiar three- and four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines from other MQB-based products. Plug-in hybrid, SQ1 and RS Q1 versions are in the works, with the range-topping version estimated to deliver 310 HP & 380 Nm.

It will be produced starting 2016 at home in Germany where Audi wants to manufacture approximately 70,000 cars of the Q1 on the same assembly line as the A3. The starting price should kick off at €25,000 in Germany which would make it more expensive than the three-door A3 (€22,000) but still cheaper than the Q3 (€29,600).

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