Despite Australian's love for all things performance, the Audi SQ2 is no certainty of coming down under, thanks to the company's well-documented dramas with a backlog of emissions testing.
Audi is very keen to get the SQ2 on the ground here, but it admits that a backlog of emissions and efficiency testing work caused by the switch to a test protocol that more closely aligns with the real world – known as the WLTP standard – means that the SQ2 has been pushed back in the queue a bit.
An Audi spokesperson confirmed to WhichCar that the SQ2, previously set for a 2019 debut, may now not touch down in Australia until next year.
Revealed late last year and just launched in overseas markets, the SQ2 is based, of course, on the three-year-old Q2 small SUV, and it joins the RSQ3, SQ5 and the hulking SQ7 in Audi’s go-fast SUV lineup.
It takes the engine and all-wheel-drivetrain from the S3 hatch, which translates to 220kW of power (in European tune) and 400Nm of torque, matched to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that sends power to all four wheels.
In fact, Audi claims that up to 100 percent of the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine’s output can be directed as required to the rear wheels, via a multi-mode drive selector button. It can rip to 100km/h from rest in just 4.8 seconds.
The SQ2 rides on a unique suspension setup that drops the ride height 20mm over the regular Q2 and it wears 18-inch rims as standard, with larger 19-inch rims available via the options sheet. The brakes, too, are larger, with 340mm rotors up front clamped by larger sliding-piston calipers in black. Want red brake calipers? They're a cost option overseas.
Exterior modifications are surprisingly limited, with a new front bumper with larger grille aperture and wide lower splitter offset by quad exhausts and a larger rear spoiler.
Inside, the interior of the SQ2 is definitely a step forward over the standard Q2, with leather/Alcantara trimmed sports seats a standard addition. There’s also a range of packs that will add things like diamond-stitched Nappa leather trim and anodised red rings for the dash vents. There’s also a sports-spec flat-bottomed steering wheel equipped with shift paddles.
Spec-wise, expect the SQ2 to carry Audi’s MMI multimedia system, run through an 8.3-inch screen, and featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, a wifi hotspot and satellite navigation.
It’ll come fully equipped with driver safety aids, too, like pedestrian-detecting AEB, lane departure control, park assist, adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assistance and more.