Report: Audi and Jeep planning MINI Countryman rivals

Rumors | March 25th, 2011 by 0
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According to a report by German magazine AutoZeitung, Audi is aiming to launch a new entry-level soft-roader in 2012. Dubbed Q1, the new vehicle will …

According to a report by German magazine AutoZeitung, Audi is aiming to launch a new entry-level soft-roader in 2012. Dubbed Q1, the new vehicle will take on MINI’s recent successful launch, the Countryman. The new Q1 will be based on Audi’s upcoming A1 minicar, which itself is based on an uprated Polo platform. The car will measure approximately 3.95m in length and will feature a coupe-styled body with just two-doors and a rear hatch.

Power will come from a 1.4L TFSI four-cylinder engine producing 125hp or a TSI unit with 150hp. Diesel fans will be able to pick from a 1.2L TDI with 80hp or a 1.6L TDI with 119hp.

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Rendering by Worldcarfans

On this side of the ocean, Jeep is also planning a Countryman competitor. The new compact urban all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive vehicle is based on the underpinning of a Fiat model, unclear at the moment which one specifically will be used for the task.

During an interview at this week’s 2011 Geneva Motor Show, Jeep CEO Mike Manley revealed that a mini-Jeep model would be launched by 2013. The new small crossover will compete in a segment with the MINI Countryman and previously mentioned Audi Q1.

The new model will compete in the B-segment, which means it will compete with models like the MINI Countryman and long-rumored Audi Q1 crossover.

“There’s definitely space in the market for a Jeep-brand B-segment SUV. We’re already working on a project that will meet that need, and expect to have the car on the road by 2013,” Manley revealed during an interview with Autocar.

For Autocar, Manley explained that the “Wrangler bloodline” will be very evident in the styling of the mini-Jeep, especially the Wrangler’s iconic grille and headlight design.

The B-segment is currently dominated by the new MINI Countryman and Nissan Juke, two small crossover that have been quickly embraced by their customers. MINI Countryman is also available in a rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configuration and went on sale last late year.

[Source: Autocar via MotorAuthority ]

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