Audi’s sub-Q3 SUV has been spied testing again. First it was hot laps at the Nurburgring, but this week it’s cold-weather testing in Europe.
The car we see here will slot in beneath the small Q3. Its name is still to be confirmed, but early reports had suggested that a trademark dispute with Fiat Chrysler’s Alfa Romeo and Maserati brands had moved Audi to favour Q1 over its preferred Q2 badge.
It seems that hurdle may have been overcome, however, with Audi’s research and development chief Ulrich Hackenberg recently describing the new model as the Q2 in an interview with Indian Autos Blog.
It’s not known what arrangement Audi and Fiat Chrysler have come to over the badges. Earlier attempts by Audi to use nameplates were reportedly rebuffed.
As with all smaller vehicles from the Volkswagen Group, the new Q2 will use parts and elements drawn from the MQB component matrix for front- and all-wheel drive vehicles with a traverse engine layout.
According to Indian Autos Blog, Hackenberg also confirmed that the new Q2 will debut in production trim at the 2016 Geneva motor show in March.
The luxury marque has previously stated that it will be expanding its SUV offerings. There will be new models at the upper and lower ends of the range, with the Q2 (seen here) providing a new entry point.
At the costlier end, Audi is planning to launch an electric SUV in 2018 to tackle the Tesla Model X.