2018 Audi SQ2 to launch globally: Here’s why Audi should consider this 300 hp crossover for India ! - The Financial Express

2018 Audi SQ2 to launch globally: Here’s why Audi should consider this 300 hp crossover for India !

The Audi SQ2 is scheduled for an international launch next year, but here's why we think it would fit in perfectly in our market!

By: | Published: December 14, 2017 12:29 PM

Audi have announced the arrival of the go-faster version of their smallest SUV the Q2, and like the rest of the range that carries the S-badge, it will get more in terms of power and a sportier design than the standard model. The headlines in terms of visual changes include a new quad-exhaust system, bumpers with a more aggressive stance, a black-out front grille and extra black-trim. In terms of motor power the Q2 is likely to get the same 2.0 litre four-cylinder forced-induction unit as in the S3. In the S3 hatch the motor makes about 310 horsepower but we expect the GLA competitor to make about 300-ish horsepower a few pegs down from the S3 to focus on torque.

Once the SQ2 arrives in international markets in 2018, the SQ2 will compete with the like of T-Roc and the GLA45 AMG (although the GLA 45 AMG does make a lot more in terms of power, something that would rival a RS badge in an Audi). Since they will be cousins of sorts, and share the same platform it's likely that the SQ2 will compete in a slightly different market space than the T-Roc although the same are essentially based on the same platform.

In the Audi garage however, the grape-vine seems to indicated that the SQ2 might even get the RS badge which would bring it into a space with the GLA 45 AMG. The RSQ2 will get the RS3’s 5-cylinder turbocharged motor. The RS3 which makes about 367 hp, gives an idea of what the RSQ2 could make, once Audi actually announce it. Now this car, would be very very suited for the Indian market considering the success of the Mercedes-AMG GLA45 AMG, which makes about 381 hp.

Audi have been very tight-lipped about whether the Q2 will actually make it to the Indian market. However anything that on the lines of the SQ2 or the RSQ2 will be post the launch of the A8L and the Q8 both of which are queued for launch in India.

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