As the smallest of Audi’s jacked up vehicles the Q2 will lock horns with the Mercedes-Benz GLA and offer another premium option for buyers attracted to the increasingly popular small SUV form factor.
The Geneva Motor Show provided the first proper look at the Audi Q2. It’s rugged and sporty design noticeably smaller than the Audi Q3, the next size up in Audi’s Q range. Audi’s Head of Design Marc Lichte says, “The car exhibits an independent character within the Q family.”
The Q2 will be available in Australia in the first part of 2017. It is to be sold internationally with a selection of six different engines; a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, 1.4-litre and 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engines, and three four-cylinder diesel engines with capacities of 1.6- and 2.0-litres with power outputs from 85 kW to 140 kW.
The local model line-up, pricing and specification details will be announced closer to launch. Expect to pay around $35,000 and up.
Audi promises a level of included tech on par with its full-size models. Audi’s multimedia interface will be standard with a large dash-mounted display. The ‘Virtual Cockpit’ digital instrument display as seen in TT and Q7 will be optional, as is a head up display.
Driver assistance technology for the Q2 includes an auto emergency braking system that recognises critical situations with other vehicles and pedestrians. Adaptive cruise control, traffic jam assist, lane departure warning, lane keeping assistant, and parking/cross-traffic assist are all featured as standard.