Our spies have sent us a second batch of images with a fully camouflaged Audi Q1 prototype.

Our spies have sent us a second batch of images with a fully camouflaged Audi Q1 prototype.

Audi's entry-level crossover was supposed to be called "Q2", but Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) owns the rights to this name and they weren't willing to sell it. As a consequence, the Ingolstadt-based automaker had no other way but to select the "Q1" moniker for its petite crossover which will be launched in the second half of next year as a 2017MY.

Seen here is an early prototype wearing the production body wrapped in camouflage and riding on steel wheels. Despite the heavy disguise, it's easy to notice it will take a lot of influences from the flagship Q7 model but obviously downsized for this new premium crossover set to use a shortened version of the MQB platform.

It is getting a standard front-wheel drive system but some of the beefier engines will be optionally paired to a quattro AWD setup. The Audi Q1 will target a young audience and is going to be built at home in Ingolstadt while the starting price is believed to be a lot higher than the A1 which in Sportback guise begins at €17,800 in Germany.

Various rumors are indicating Audi is cooking up a broader Q1 family with a plug-in hybrid version and even a hot SQ1 with a twin-turbodiesel 2.0-liter outputting 231 PS (170 kW) and 500 Nm (368 lb-ft) of torque. An RS Q1 could also be baking in the oven with a 2.0 TFSI unleashing 300 PS (220 kW) and 380 Nm (280 lb-ft).

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