2000 Audi Steppenwolf Concept
Not that long ago, Audi confirmed plans for a new crossover that was to be called a Q1. However, the new crossover ended up being closer in size to the compact A3 than the subcompact A1 range, thus the vehicle had to be be rechristened the Q2 to reflect its larger size and positioning. In fact, Audi had always intended to call the vehicle a Q2 but couldn’t early on because the rights to the particular name for automotive applications was owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles [NYSE:FCAU].
In an interview with Motoring, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler revealed his company was able to persuade FCA into giving up the rights to the Q2 name, along with the rights to the Q4 name as well. Stadler said no money was involved but hinted that Audi may have relinquished some naming rights it owned in exchange.
So, the vehicle previously referred to as the Q1 is now a Q2. It will debut this March at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show and at present we’re not expecting it on sale in the United States. Instead, we’re likely to see a slightly larger model dubbed the Q4 inspired by 2014’s TT Offroad concept.
But what about a proper subcompact Q1 similar in size to the A1. According to Motoring, a Q1 is still coming, most likely around 2018. The vehicle is said to be in development alongside a next-generation A1, with both subcompacts utilizing the smallest version of the Volkswagen Group’s flexible MQB platform. VW will get its own versions in the form of a new Polo and Polo-based crossover.
Pictured above is Audi’s Steppenwolf concept unveiled at the 2000 Paris Auto Show. It shows that Audi has been considering a tiny crossover for close to two decades.