Though a production version isn’t expected to hit the streets until sometime in 2015
, we could get a preview of Audi’s upcoming Q2 crossover as early as this week’s 2012 Paris Auto Show.
The information was first reported by What Car?
, which claims the Q2 will share its underpinnings with the Volkswagen Cross Polo model
already on sale in Europe.
The Cross Polo is essentially a toughened up version of the Polo hatchback, which itself shares a platform with the Audi A1.
You may recall that the Q2 was originally thought to be labeled a Q1, since it will have more in common with the A1 rather than the proposed A2 model
, whose development has been delayed
. The decision to call it a Q2 is likely due to the larger footprint it will offer, compared to the smaller A1.
Base Q2 models will be front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive with an electronic rear differential will be available on higher trim models. Even equipped with all-wheel drive, the Q2 will only be capable of light off-roading. This vehicle will be aimed more at young urbanites who prefer the taller ride height of an SUV but do most of their driving in busy urban areas.
In terms of styling, expect to see a cross between the A1 and Q3, though with enough unique elements to make the Q2 distinct. Powertrains should be shared with the A1, which means a range of turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline and diesel units.
We don’t have long to wait now, as the 2012 Paris Auto Show opens its doors to the press on Thursday. While you wait for all the reveals, check out our dedicated show page
for the latest coverage.