Audi Q1

A statement released by Audi promises continued ‘high levels of investment’ in 2016, despite the financial setbacks of dieselgate.

Around 2.1 million Audis worldwide were affected by the diesel emsissions scandal, leaving the company with a huge bill for rectifying cars – not to mention potential court costs.

Nonetheless, Audi is pressing ahead with existing plans, including the introduction of a compact Q2 crossover later in 2016.

The supermini-sized Q2 sees the German marque entering a new segment. It will be based on a four-wheel-drive version of the A1 platform, and its styling is likely to draw inspiration from the Q1 concept seen above.

A new version of Audi’s popular Q5 SUV is also due in 2016. Engines have yet to be confirmed, but expect a diesel/electric hybrid in the mould of the recently-launched Q7 e-tron.

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler said: “A significant proportion of our investment is naturally in the field of alternative drive systems.” The brand is “continuing with high levels of investment in future technologies to enhance its strong position”, he added.

Audi plans to expand its range to 60 separate models by 2020.