After a ridiculous amount of teasers, the Audi Q2 has officially been revealed on the dawn of the 86th Geneva Motor Show.
The new kid on the block in Audi’s “Q” family of crossovers looks slightly different than its larger brothers and it’s not just because it has a smaller footprint. The C-pillars have received special treatment as Audi’s designers have decided to paint these in offset colors to create a contrast which the company says it enhances the Q2’s sportiness.
The model uses the latest interpretation of the corporate singleframe front grille featuring an octagonal layout while the front bumper hosts a pair of large air inlets. The side of the baby crossover shows a high shoulder line and plastic body cladding around the wheel arches while the slightly sloped roofline creates a sportier profile compared to other crossovers.
The back of the Q2 continues the sporty theme with a prominent roof-mounted spoiler and a new design for the LED taillights that give the crossover a youthful look. Being a crossover, it still has underbody front and rear protection, but it’s unlikely the Q2 will ever leave the tarmac. Even Audi describes the model as being an “urban-type vehicle”, so it’s not really created to tackle the off road.
The Audi Q2 will be available exclusively with a five-door, five-seat layout and will have the following dimensions: 13.7 feet (4.19 meters) long, 5.9 feet (1.79 meters) wide, 5 feet (1.51 meters) tall, and with a wheelbase that spans at 8.5 feet (2.6 meters.) Cargo capacity with the rear seats in place stands at a respectable 14.3 cubic feet (405 liters) and is expanded to 37.1 cu. ft. (1,050 liters) once you fold down the three-way split rear bench.
Stepping inside, Audi’s smallest Q model adopts a familiar cabin design and comes as standard with a MMI screen mounted high on the instrument panel. Upgrade to the MMI navigation plus with MMI touch and you also receive a touchpad which makes it easier for accessing the variety of functions available.
At an additional cost, the Q2 can receive a head-up display and the all-digital Audi Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster. On the safety front we find standard Audi pre sense, adaptive cruise control (with stop & go), traffic jam assist, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assistant, traffic sign recognition, and more.
As far as engines are concerned, the Audi Q2 will be available with a selection of six units. On the gasoline side we find the turbocharged three-cylinder 1.0 TFSI, followed by the larger 1.4- and 2.0-liter TFSI units. The diesel range encompasses the familiar 1.6 TDI and the beefier 2.0 TDI which will be offered in two states of tune. Output will vary from 116 horsepower (85 kilowatts) in the 1.0-liter to 190 hp (140 kW) in the 2.0-liter TFSI.
The engines will work with a standard six-speed manual gearbox, but an optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission will be offered for all units. Front-wheel drive is going to be standard on all engines, with the possibility of ordering a quattro setup for the top 2.0 TDI and the 2.0 TFSI at an additional cost. Go for the quattro-equipped models and the Q2 will benefit from four-link suspension while adaptive dampers will cost extra.
Audi will open the order books for the Q2 in the middle of the year and will launch the crossover in Europe this fall.