German magazine Autobild claims the new Audi AQ2 will give the brand a rival to the BMW i3, and will be built upon the flexible MQB underpinnings of the Volkswagen Group, specifically upon the Audi A3/Volkswagen Golf architecture.
The brand showed the A2 Concept seen here in 2011 at the Frankfurt motor show, and the new production model is expected to move away from the high-riding MPV-style hatchback body of the show-car towards being more of a SUV or crossover model, hence its moniker which is at odds with the A line of passenger cars and the Q SUV range. According to the report, Audi considered the use of Q2 or Q4 for the car's name, but can't because both of those are trademarked by Alfa Romeo.
Like the A2 concept, however, the new A2Q is said to be powered purely by electricity. The report states that Audi is aiming for 500 kilometres of electric range, and that it is aiming to ensure the technological advances aren't confined to what's under the metal, including the first anticipated use of rear-facing cameras and display screens in place of conventional side mirrors.
CarAdvice has previously reported that a Q6 SUV (seen below in prototype mule guise) would be built, but the report suggests this version will also be offered as an EV with as much as 700 kilometres of battery range. It is also said to be offered with petrol, diesel, and plug-in hybrid drivetrains.
Stay tuned for more on the new Audi models as news come to hand.