THE Audi Q2 SUV made its debut at the 86th Geneva International Motor Show and Audi AG executives have said that the Q2 was built with the young in mind.
“We have developed the Q2 specifically for young customers,” said Audi AG chairman Professor Rupert Stadler.
“Despite its inclusion within the Q family, its looks clearly distinguish it as a model with independence and attitude, blending the technical expertise of our brand with a high level of everyday utility and emotional character.”
First up, an octagonal Singleframe grille with large air inlets form the Q2’s face. The low roofline that flows and merges into the C-pillars with color offset blades further highlights the sportiness of the Q2 with the rear of the vehicle wrapping up in a dynamic manner with a long roof spoiler and a sporty diffuser.
One major characteristic is that the driver’s seat position is sporty and low in relation to the steering wheel, much like in an Audi sedan.
The Audi Q2 also receives a standard MMI screen that is positioned high on the instrument panel, and together with the MMI navigation plus and MMI touch, the user also gets a touchpad on the central control element.
The free Audi MMI connect app enables online media streaming and transfer of a calendar from a smartphone to the MMI. The app for iOS operating systems also comes with the myAudi destinations function.
Apart from the optional Audi virtual cockpit and the head-up display, the driver assistance systems for the all-new Q2 come from the full-size class, including the Audi pre-sense front, which comes standard. The system detects obstacles such as other vehicles and pedestrians crossing in front of the vehicle, and if necessary, it can initiate hard braking to a standstill at low speeds.
Other safety features in the Q2 range include adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go function, traffic jam assist, the lane-departure warning system Audi side assist, the lane-keeping assistant Audi active lane assist, traffic sign recognition and parking and cross-traffic assist rear.
The Q2 will be sold with six different engines: The 1.0-litre three-cylinder TFSI (116hp), 1.4-litre four-cylinder TFSI (150hp) and 2.0-litre four-cylinder TFSI (190hp), as well as the 1.6-litre four-cylinder TDI (116hp) and 2.0-litre four-cylinder TDI (150hp and 190hp).
As an alternative to the six-speed manual transmission, Audi is also installing the S tronic dual clutch transmission with seven speeds for all engines.
However, for the top-spec TDI and 2.0 TFSI variants, a newly developed dual-clutch transmission – which has a new type of oil supply and reduced friction – will be used. Both are also compatible with the Quattro all-wheel drive system.
The all-new Audi Q2 will be officially launched in Europe by end-September this year.