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Audi teases Q2

Audi Q2 Teaser
Adam Schoeman

Telling image announces the compact Q2 SUV to the world

Audi has released an image that very obviously announces the arrival of the Q2 compact SUV.

The image is that of a parking garage, with the Q7, Q5 and Q3 lined up next to each other, and an open parking space with a label “Reserved” placed next to the Q3.

The German vehicle manufacturer has not had an easy time getting the Q2 to production. They have been in the process of building the Q2 since 2013, but the initial ideas, materialised as concept vehicles, can be traced back to 2012 and the Crosslane Coupé.

Even the Q2 name has not been as simple as deciding what to call the car and forging the letters. The Q2 and Q4 brands here owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, but Audi managed to procure them last year.

There is apparently also still room left for a Q1 according to Audi so the Q2 will more than likely be a premium counterpoint to the Juke and Renault Captur crossovers.

It was thought that Audi could use the Q2 as a low rung model, allowing people to ‘step’ onto the Audi range at a lower price point, such as the A1, but that task will now fall on the Q1.

Size wise the Q2 will be built on the MQB platform and is expected to mimic the A3 in size, but will receive the engine lineup from the A1. That means that we will probably see three and four-cylinder petrol and diesel motors ranging from 1,0-litre to 2,0-litre displacements.

There is also a good chance that Audi will capitalise on te engineering work that they did on the S1 and produce a four-wheel drive SQ1. The car should get the same  EA888 2,0-litre turbocharged petrol motor producing an estimated 170 kW.

The Q2 will be a front-wheel drive model but because of the S1’s compact Quattro unit Audi could end up offering a non-S branded ranging top Q2 with Quattro.

Audi’s latest SUV is part of an extended utility vehicle assault, who are hoping to add a Q4, Q6 and Q8 to the lineup. BMW has had enormous success expanding on their SUV range, primarily spliting the X5 and X3 into sportier but less practical X6 and X4 sub-models. The Q4 and Q6 will have a similar mandate.

The Q8 will be a luxury focused SUV, rivalling the A8 regarding creature comfort and ride quality but packaging it in an SUV mantle.

Audi is expected to release the compact SUV at the Geneva motor show next week.

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