Audi’s plans for a compact crossover vehicle to slot into the lineup below the Q3 have moved from the realm of speculation to reality, and spy photographers have caught the upcoming 2016 Audi Q1 at play. While previous test mules have worn Volkswagen Tiguan bodywork, the car’s now out in its own sheet metal, complete with dazzle camouflage.
Though the prototype is heavily camouflaged, we can see a number of distinct Audi styling cues. The design of the greenhouse looks like a shrunken version of the one on the latest Q7, and there’s also a high shoulder line typical of the latest Audis. The headlights are a little more angular than we’re used to seeing, which should give the Q1 an aggressive appearance.
The teaser sketch released in 2013 is a taste of what’s to come, though the final design is likely to have evolved somewhat since then.