Brand new, but Audi Q2 already gets a sporty twist
When Audi unveiled its first subcompact SUV, the highly anticipated Q2, at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, it caused quite a stir.
With styling straight out of Audi’s current design handbook and a highly customisable version of its renowned first-class interior, the Q2 looked set to take advantage of both the sustained demand for SUVs, and the trend favouring more compact vehicles.
Just five months later, with European sales soaring, the small SUV has already spawned a sporty derivative in the form of the Audi Q2 Edition #1 – but despite its more athletic demeanour, the changes are purely cosmetic.
Fitted with the same S-Line body kit also available as an option for standard Q2 models, the Edition #1 adds a unique paint job, blacked out C-pillars, 19-inch wheels, and a titanium black grille to the extended sills, sportier front bumper and rear diffuser. The result is a muscular and sporty twist to an already attractive package.
The dynamic theme continues on the inside, with a multifunction sports steering wheel, height-adjustable sport seats and illuminated aluminium doorsills. But as mentioned, the mechanical underpinnings remain unchanged.
Thus, the Edition #1 will be available with all of the Q2’s engines including, a 110 kW 1,4-litre TFSI turbo petrol which is expected to be a popular choice, as well as a 1,6-litre TDI turbodiesel. Depending on market, the drivetrain options extend from a 1,0-litre TFSI to a 155 kW 2,0-litre turbo petrol, and a 140 kW 2,0-litre TDI turbodiesel.
The Q2 isn’t due in South Africa until early next year, so drivetrain choices and trim levels remain unconfirmed. Whether the Edition #1 will make it to our shores therefore remains to be seen, especially since the focus here is likely to be on competitive pricing and sales volumes.
And besides, with Mercedes-Benz already using the Edition 1 moniker for its limited-run launch editions, one wonders whether the only marginally different Edition #1 tag will survive …