Audi Previews Q2 Small Crossover SUV at Geneva Motor Show
Audi unveiled its newest, smallest crossover SUV—the Q2—this week at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Instead of employing standard Quattro all-wheel drive (AWD), the entry-level Q2 will be front-wheel drive (FWD) with AWD as a higher-end option. The new Q2 will be available in Europe this fall, but it is uncertain when it will reach the U.S. market.
The Q2 is targeted at younger, urban consumers with lots of customization opportunities, including a choice of six engines and the possibility of a plug-in hybrid variant. The Q2 is 13 ft., 7 in. in length, which is nearly 8 inches shorter than the Q3. The base model is powered by a 1.0-liter 3-cylinder engine that generates 114 horsepower and steps up to a 1.4-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder enegine that produces 148 horsepower, among choices.
Audi’s new Q2 shares its vehicle architecture with the Audi A3 and Volkswagen Golf. The exterior look, including a hexagonal grille, takes cues from larger sibling Q3 and Q7 models. It boasts 14.3 cu. ft. of cargo space that more than doubles when the split rear seats fold down. Two trim levels are offered. Audi interior design elements feature an optional Virtual cockpit that is used in the TT, R8, A4, and Q7 that displays speed, tach data, and navigation/infotainment.
Optional features on the new Q2 include advanced safety-assistance systems, head-up display, and a fixed multi-media screen in two sizes for navigation and information/car setup. Smartphone interface apps and a high-end 14-speaker audio system also are available.