On the back of Audi recently confirming it is working on a new Q1 crossover, reports have emerged that BMW is already planning a rival.

German car magazine Auto Motor Und Sport suggests that the German marque is developing an Audi Q1 rival codenamed ‘Urban Cross’. It will reportedly sit below the X1 crossover in BMW’s line-up and utilise the same UKL front-wheel drive platform found in the 2-Series Active Tourer.

It is suggested that the BMW Urban Sport will be approximately 4000 mm long while having boot space of about 330 litres without the rear seats folded away. With this in mind, it is suggested that BMW’s Audi Q1 rival will be more of a heightened coupe instead of a more traditional crossover.

As for the Audi Q1, it will act as a step-up for Audi A1 owners and is expected to appeal more to male buyers than the A1 of which 70-80 per cent of buyers are female. When the Q1 joins the Q3, Q5 and Q7 SUVs, Audi hopes that its SUV range will account for 50 per cent of its overall sales.

Underpinning the Audi Q1 will be the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform and it should be similar in size to the Audi A3. Beneath the skin, it will be available with the same range of petrol and diesel engines as the A1 meaning a 1.4-litre turbo four is expected alongside a 1.6-litre diesel. Additionally, a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder is a possibility.

Note: BMW 2-Series Gran Tourer pictured

[Via Motoring]


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