Audi says the “shooting brake” concept combines styling elements from future production sports cars with trademark features of the car maker’s off-road-themed ‘allroad’ models.
The concept’s short overhangs, long bonnet, heavily raked windscreen, shallow glasshouse and low roofline are signature sports car, while its raised ride height, flared wheel arches containing 19-inch alloys, grey plastic lower panel edging and front and rear aluminium underbody guards complete the capable crossover look.
The concept teams the car maker’s ‘quattro’ all-wheel-drive system with an ‘e-tron’ drivetrain, believed to be a plug-in hybrid system rather than a pure-electric powertrain.
The Q1 will be based on the Volkswagen Group’s versatile MQB platform and will be closely related to the next-generation versions of the Audi A1 and Volkswagen Polo city cars.
The 2014 Detroit auto show kicks off on January 13.