Audi Q1 Rendering
2016 will be a big year for Audi’s Q-badged crossover lineup, as the company confirmed that a new Q2 model will join the range, along with a redesigned version of the popular Q5. Audi says that this new Q2 will “enter a new market segment,” but we’re not entirely sure what that segment is, exactly. The existing Audi Q3 is already small enough to compete with the Mercedes-Benz GLA and BMW X1, so the Q2’s even-number suffix could signify that this new model will be a more rakish, coupe-like derivative of the Q3 with a shorter wheelbase. Audi is also planning a Q6 crossover in a similar vein to fit between the Q5 and Q7 models. We previously reported on the possibility of new small Audi crossover models when we speculated that the company would introduce a Q1 and an even smaller so-called “Junior” model below the Q3. The Q2 name was thought to be nixed because of copyright issues, but now that that name is confirmed for production we can probably expect the second sub-Q3 model to adopt the Q1 name when it arrives further down the road.
Audi Q5 Spied Front Three Quarters
Audi Q5 spy shots
The next-generation Audi Q5 will also make its debut next year, riding on the same MLBevo platform that underpins the new 2017 Audi A4. Like that car, the next Q5 is expected to lose a significant amount of weight thanks to the use of aluminum. Based on spy shots of the car (pictured below), it should also feature similarly evolutionary styling, with its overall proportions being reminiscent of the current Audi Q5. Stay tuned for more information to come on the new Audi Q2 and Q5, as these crossovers should debut sometime during the 2016 auto show season.