Audi unveiled the Audi Q2 at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show last week. Here are five things you should know about the Ingolstadt-based automaker's first entirely new model for 2016.
The Audi Q2 is the company's young new entry-level crossover and will be the most affordable Q series model when launched. Positioned in the premium sub-compact crossover segment, the Audi Q2 is based on the Volkswagen Group's MQB platform. The crossover measures 4,191 mm in length, 1,794 mm (2,009 mm with mirrors) in width and 1,508 mm in height, and has a 2,601 mm-long wheelbase. It has a ground clearance of 200 mm.
When launched, the Audi Q2 will be the most distinctive model on sale. No doubt it's immediately recognisable, but Marc Lichte, Audi Head of Design, says: "The car exhibits an independent character within the Q family." The Q2 is a part of Mr. Lichte's plan to make the future Audi models more distinguishable. For instance, consider the Singleframe grille with chamfered corners at the bottom which give it an octagonal shape, the wedge-shaped headlights, or the most distinctive element - the squarish LED tail lights. Audi says that the Q2's coefficient of drag is 0.30 cd.
It's entry level, but it's still an Audi. The company has made no compromises in terms of features. There's the Audi virtual cockpit with a 12.3-inch display, the head-up display, the MMI navigation plus with MMI touch infotainment system and many other advanced features found in other, more expensive Audis. Other highlights include Nappa leather upholstery, LED light strips which illuminate the trim at the front of the instrument panel and the knee pads and Bang & Olufsen sound system. There's 405 litres of luggage space in the boot, and with the rear seats folded, it increases to 1,050 litres. Optional features will include a power tailgate and a three-way split rear bench backrests with cargo through-loading.
The Audi Q2 will be available with six engine choices: 85 kW (116 hp) 1.0-litre TFSI three-cylinder petrol, 110 kW (150 hp) 1.4-litre TFSI four-cylinder petrol with cylinder on demand, 140 kW (190 hp) 2.0-litre TFSI four-cylinder petrol, 85 kW (116 hp) 1.6-litre TDI diesel, 110 kW (150 hp) 2.0-litre TDI diesel and 140 kW (190 hp) 2.0-litre TDI diesel.
All models except the 2.0 TDI and the 2.0 TFSI will be available with 6-speed manual as standard or the 7-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission. The 2.0-litre engine models feature a newly developed dual-clutch transmission which has a new type of oil supply and reduced friction.
The quattro permanent all-wheel drive system is standard for the 2.0 TFSI and 140 kW 2.0 TDI models, and optional for the 1.4 TFSI and 110 kW 2.0 TDI models. Customers buying the entry-level petrol and diesel models will have no choice but to accept the standard front-wheel drive drivetrain configuration. Adaptive dampers are optional, as is the Audi drive select system.
Production and Sales
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The Audi Q2 will be manufactured at the company's mother plant, Audi Ingolstadt, in Germany, and go on sale in Europe in Autumn 2016. Order books will open mid-year for European customers.