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Known though it has been for decades by its Quattro all-wheel drive system, Audi didn't launch its first crossover until the Q7 in 2005. Ever since, the German automaker has been steadily expanding its crossover lineup. But while most vehicles seem to get bigger and bigger with every successive generation of models, Audi's high-riders keep getting smaller.

Following on the launch of the Q5 in 2008, Audi has just started production of the Q3. But it's not about to stop there. A Q6 is rumored to be in the mix to take on the likes of the BMW X6, but rumors are also surfacing that Audi could opt to build an even smaller crossover than the Q3.

Potentially labeled Q1, the diminutive softroader could follow one of three approaches, taking its platform either from the A1 hatchback, the modular architecture planned for the next-generation A3, or the upcoming A2. Whatever the basis, sources suggest the Q1 could be rushed to market in as little as two years from now, hitting dealers as early as 2013.

Rumors are also circling of a more performance-oriented Q4, that could (like the Porsche Cajun) offer a three-door body-style, with flared fenders and such. One way or another, Audi's crossover range isn't showing any signs of slowing down.


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      Thomas
      • 3 Years Ago
      A Q6 from Audi could be hot. The X6 is wicked! A Q6 RS!?
      Ak74
      • 3 Years Ago
      So Audi fans. Always bashing about how useless X6 and 5 GT are. Now look A7 just a copy of 5gt, Q3 copy of X1. Now Q6? I don't mind Audi building these cars. What bothers me these audi fanboys talking crap about BMW. Get a life and enjoy your Audis if you have one.
        rty
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ak74
        Audis are at least beautiful in contrast to BMW. A7 is also something else than GT5 and Q3 are different from X1. as always, BMW fans know nothing.
          Ak74
          • 3 Years Ago
          @rty
          No do you really thing they just came up with A7? They looked at 5GT and decided to build something similar. Same story with all other models. Get a life again. Go around and drive your beautiful Audi. Jeez,acting just like little girls "So preeeeety"
          master
          • 3 Years Ago
          @rty
          Ak74 you are so Fstupid.
          • 3 Years Ago
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        @Ak74
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        Ak74
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ak74
        show me at least one Audi on the street that is 10 years old. Just look when you drive around. Overpriced and not so reliable ;)
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ak74
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      throwback
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why ?
      • 3 Years Ago
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      RentfortheGames
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am so excited for these! I pray they come to North America, or at least Canada!
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      Remember when Audi said "Never Follow" and made the allroad instead of SUVs/crossovers?
      Evan Hayden
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love Audi, but this is getting kind of ridiculous...
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh goody, thats exactly what the world needs.
        QAZZY
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
        You forgot the /sarcasm. If not, all I have to say is, "OH DEAR."
      Paul M
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks great, but can I get one in a manual? No? Moving on then...
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