The Audi Q1 has been speculatively rendered ahead of a confirmed launch in 2016.

The Audi Q1 has been speculatively rendered ahead of a confirmed launch in 2016.

Audi is cooking up a new crossover which initially was supposed to wear the "Q2" name but since Fiat Chrysler Automobiles refused to sell the rights, the high-riding model will be commercialized with the "Q1" badge. Audi has already announced the model will hit the assembly line in 2016 and they have already shown a teaser sketch upon which this digital interpretation is based.

Set to be produced at home in Ingolstadt, Germany, Audi's smallest crossover will have five doors and according to some reports it will be based on the Volkswagen Polo. The model will allegedly be 3.8 meters (12.4 feet) long and should boast "generous ground clearance" but an all-wheel drive system is unlikely to be offered.

In terms of engines, expect 1.4 TFSI and TDI units along with a range-topping SQ1 version packing an estimated 231 HP (170 kW). A plug-in hybrid version could also be in the works with a 1.2-liter gasoline engine teamed up with an 80 kW electric motor.

Since the model is scheduled to come out in 2016, Audi could decide to show the Q1 before the end of this year.

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Audi Q1 render shows possible look