WHILE Volkswagen used the Geneva Motor Show to once again tease its take on a forthcoming small SUV, the T-Cross Breeze, Audi chose the event to introduce its production-ready Q2. Aimed at a young, urban-bound customer, the Q2 packages all of the latest technologies available higher up in the Audi product portfolio in a distinctly plucky and highly customisable new body.
ETA: Q2 2017
Nearly 4,2 metres long, the new Q2 is 120 mm shorter than the A3 Sportback, yet 236 mm longer than the A1 Sportback. Measuring 1 790 mm in width and 1 510 mm tall, the smallest member of the Q family has 200 mm worth of ground clearance. Significantly, when fitted with the smallest-capacity engine option, the Q2 tips the scales at just 1 205 kg.
Various driver-assistance systems, including pre-sense collision avoidance and adaptive cruise control, have been carried over from the Q7. Included in this is Audi’s new Virtual Cockpit instrumentation, head-up display and the latest in MMI infotainment technologies. Market-dependent will be a range of online services, including Google Earth-linked navigations and MMI connect app functionality.
A FULL BOUQUET OF ENGINE OPTIONS
A choice of six engine options, three petrol and three diesels, will be available. While an 85 kW three-cylinder 1,0T FSI option serves as a frugal entry-point into the range, a 110 kW 1,6-litre (with cylinder deactivation) and 140 kW 2,0-litre complete the T FSI range. TDI options include an 85 kW 1,6-litre and a 2,0-litre available in either 110 or 140 kW states of tune. Transmission options encompass a choice of either six-speed manual or seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch ‘boxes.
Targeting a freethinking, youthful market, the Q2 is highly customisable in terms of both its interior and exterior styling. No fewer than four trim lines, including base, Design and Sport, are topped by an inevitable S line sport package. Inside, customers can go so far as to choose between yellow, orange or red trim accents to complement a choice of 10 exterior finishes.