Audi has released design sketches depicting a new compact-crossover concept planned to make its world premiere at the Detroit Auto Show in January. Billed as a styling study, the new three-door is said to hint at what the next-generation Q models will look like, including a new Q1. Audi chairman Rupert Stadler said the Q1 will go into production in 2016.
Audi says its high-riding crossover has a traditional shooting-brake-like body, with two long doors and an angled tailgate. In keeping with design lineage traceable all the way back to the original TT concept, it also sports a high waist, shallow glasshouse and prominent wheel houses able to accommodate the concept's 19-inch wheels. A long wheelbase and short overhangs combine with wide tracks front and rear for what Audi calls a confident stance.
Among the more prominent design elements is a new Audi single-frame grille, wearing a quattro badge as a nod to the new concept's four-wheel-drive system.
The crossover's tapered front end also houses distinctive trapezoidal headlamps featuring new LED graphics.
At 165 inches long, Audi's concept is almost 8 inches shorter than the existing Q3, leading to suggestions it is, in fact, a look at the upcoming Q1. Audi first hinted to a size reduction with its Crosslane Coupe concept at the 2012 Paris show.
E-tron identification indicates the concept will showcase a plug-in gas-electric hybrid system; most likely similar to the A3 e-tron's, the company's first plug-in hybrid production model.
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Had a Hummer H-3 for about 6 months - didn't like the short windows and very limited visibility.
Like the high waist and long doors - means it will be easy to enter/exit but I'd hope the windows are regular height and roof is taller.
As others have said - anytime I can opt for a smaller wheel diameter and more tire sidewall, I do it. I bent very expensive rim once on a pothole with a skinny tire - never again for me.