The German marque claims the Audi Q2 is the all-round SUV with an urban focus, and it is likely to become a popular option in Australia's hot-selling SUV market.
“We have specifically developed the Q2 for young customers,” says Professor Rupert Stadler, Audi AG chairman of the Board of Management.
“Its looks distinguish it as a model with attitude and this compact SUV blends the technical expertise of our brand with everyday utility and emotional character.”
Angular styling, chunky quarters, low roofline and a sleek glasshouse highlight the Q2's exterior design, with Audi claiming these elements gives the Audi Q2 coupe-like styling and "a crouching stance on the road".
The concave flanks echo signature Audi quattro styling and the Q2 is certainly compact externally, measuring 1510mm tall, 1790mm wide, 4190mm long and with a wheelbase of 2600mm. This makes it about 200mm shorter than the Audi Q3.
“In the Audi Q2 we have developed a distinctively geometric form language with the model-specific design characteristics,” says head of Audi Design Marc Lichte. “The car exhibits an independent character within the Q family.”
While the Q2 is the result of a different styling exercise than its siblings, it remains unmistakably an Audi SUV.
In Europe, the Q2 launches with a selection of six different engines, but Australia is unlikely to receive more than a few. The two highlights are the 2.0-litre TFSI petrol engine and the 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine. Power outputs range from 85kW to 140kW.
In the case of the two engines mentioned above, they are paired to a newly developed dual-clutch transmission, which gets a new oil-supply system and reduced friction. Both engines can also be combined with Audi’s quattro AWD system. FWD models get semi-independent rear suspension, while AWD models get a four-link system. Progressive steering is standard on all models.
Inside the Q2’s cabin, the compact SUV benefits from trickle-down technology of its larger brethren. Audi’s virtual cockpit is optional, but there’s a head-up display and the driver assistance systems for the Q2 come from the full-size class, including the Audi pre sense front system.
Other systems available include adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go function, traffic jam assist, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition and parking and cross traffic assist rear. MMI is standard and is controlled via a rotary/push button control and two buttons on the centre tunnel. Q2 is also wifi hotspot enabled.
Audi notes the Q2 as having high (and thus easy to access) entry points, and large luggage capacity despite the compact dimensions - 405 litres with the second row in use, 1050 litres with that row folded down. Despite the SUV underpinnings, the driver’s seat is set low to deliver a sporty feel. Optional interior additions include a powered tailgate and a three-way split bench with cargo through-loading.
The Audi Q2 goes on sale in Europe in late 2016, with vehicles likely to arrive in Australia in the first quarter of 2017.
Audi Australia hasn’t confirmed pricing for the new model as yet, but with Q3 pricing starting around the $42,000 mark, expect the Q2 to sit between the Q3 and the light A1 hatch, which starts at $26,900 and tops out at $39,900.
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