Audi has just taken the wraps off its new Q2 at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The vehicle is a sleek compact crossover slightly smaller than the Q3 and based on the Volkswagen Group’s flexible MQB platform.
The Q2 started out life as the Q1 but only because the rights to the Q2 name were owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles [NYSE:FCAU], which previously used it for a front axle differential in some Alfa Romeo models. Something must have changed as now Audi is using the name.
What’s immediately clear is that the Q2 isn’t a clone of other Audi crossovers but has its own independent character within the Q family. This is part of Audi design boss Marc Lichte’s plan to further distinguish models in the Audi lineup, which in the past have been criticized for being too similar.
The vehicle stands 5.0 feet tall, has an overall length of 13.7 ft and a width of about 5.9 ft. Key highlights of the design are the signature singleframe grille, low roof and unique c-pillar treatment. Total storage is 37.1 cubic feet.
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Inside, the dash design is copied from other Audis, which means you get a number of luxuries such as an available digital instrument cluster, numerous connectivity options, and the latest electronic driver aids such as adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, and lane departure and blind spot warning systems.
The entry-level engine is a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder, good for about 114 horsepower. It’s mated to a 6-speed manual and spins the front wheels as standard. A quattro all-wheel-drive system and 7-speed dual-clutch transmission can be added, though. The most powerful option at launch is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four with about 187 hp on tap.
The Q2 is just one of a handful of new SUVs Audi is planning. More additions include a next-generation Q5, a Q6 based on the e-tron quattro concept unveiled last year, and a range-topping Q8. We could also see a TT-based Q4 at some point.
The Q2 will go on sale in Europe this fall. Unfortunately, the vehicle is not expected to reach the United States. However, VW will be getting its own version of the Q2, a vehicle previewed in 2014 by the T-Roc concept, and this model is expected to arrive stateside.
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