Performance SUV snapped without camouflage

The rumoured Audi SQ2 has been spied on the snowy roads of Europe this week, completely devoid of camouflage.

Based on the Q2 small SUV, the SQ2 is expected to feature the same running gear as the Audi S3 and Volkswagen Golf R, teaming a 200+kW 2.0-litre turbo four with the company's quattro all-wheel drive system.

Distinguishing features on this prototype compared to the standard car include enlarged front intakes nestled in a new front bumper, wider side sills and the quad-exhaust outlets typically associated with Audi's 'S' models. There's also massive brakes between the test car's wheels – which have been borrowed from the standard Q2.

It's been nearly two years since we've seen an SQ2 prototype out and about, though this vehicle indicates the new model isn't far from being production ready.

Our guess is a reveal at (or around) this year's Paris motor show in October, ahead of a market launch either late in 2018 or early-2019.

Currently, the performance flagship for the Q2 range is the 2.0 TFSI quattro Sport, which features a 140kW 2.0-litre turbo petrol and all-wheel drive and claims a 0-100km/h sprint time of 6.5 seconds.

Stay tuned to CarAdvice for all the latest Audi SQ2 updates in the coming months. Click the photos tab for more images.