Audi, the German luxury carmaker, has unveiled its smallest SUV – the Q2 – at the ongoing Geneva Motor Show. Expected to be launched in several markets, the sub-compact SUV will come to India as well where the company alreday sells its entire Q lineup. Though the company calls it an ‘SUV’, it looks like a bigger hatchback.
The company says that the Audi Q2 has been developed specifically for young buyers and its connectivity, infotainment and assistance systems will be quite similar to the larger Audi models.
“In the Audi Q2 we have developed a distinctively geometric form language with model-specific design characteristics. The car exhibits an independent character within the Q family,” says head of Audi Design Marc Lichte.
The Audi Q2 will be launched with a total of 5 engine options in the UK – a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder TSFI petrol, a 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol, 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol, 1.6-litre four-cylinder diesel and a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel. Though there is no clarity what engine options will be offered in other markets.
Transmission options on offer could be a 6-speed manual and the 7-speed S tronic dual-clutch for all engines. For the 2.0 TSFI, the company has developed an all-new dual-clutch transmission that has a new type of oil supply and reduced friction. The 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engine variants of the Audi Q2 will be offered with Quattro permanent all-wheel drive system.
While the front-wheel-drive versions of the Q2 features a semi-independent suspension, the Quattro variants get a four-link suspension. Progressive steering is standard in all versions which carries the steering gear ratio as a function of the steering input. Moreover, adaptive dampers and Audi drive select system are available as options.
Upon its launch, the Audi Q2 will become the cheapest Audi SUV globally.