We’ve seen the Audi Q2 under the glamorous spotlight of the Geneva Motor Show last week and now we get the chance to check it out in a less glitzy environment.
Audi’s smallest crossover ever was spotted this morning in Copenhagen and it was a fancier S line version. While the camouflage on the prototypes tricked us into believing it would look a lot like its bigger brothers, in reality the Q2 stands out from the Q family with a significantly different design. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so we’re sure the Q2 has generated some mixed opinions regarding its exterior design.
While the body has a fresh appearance compared to recent high-riding Audis, we can’t say the same thing about the interior cabin which will be overly familiar to fans of the Ingolstadt-based marque. The more expensive versions are getting Audi’s fancy all-digital instrument cluster which will also be implemented in the months to come in the facelifted A3 range.
Six engines will be available upon launch, kicking off with a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine pushing out 116 horsepower (85 kilowatts). At the other end of the spectrum, a larger 2.0-liter four-cylinder will generate 190 hp (140 kW). As an alternative to these two, the MQB-based Audi Q2 will also be available with a 1.4 TFSI and the more popular 1.6 TDI and 2.0 TDI turbodiesels.
The newest addition to the growing Q family will come as standard with a front-wheel-drive layout, but the stronger engines will be able to work with Audi’s quattro setup. The engines are going to be paired to a six-speed manual gearbox and an optional dual-clutch seven-speed transmission.
Audi will crack open the Q2’s order books for Europe by mid-2016 and will start deliveries this fall. There’s no word about price at this point, but it should considerably undercut the Q3 which kicks off at €29,600 in Germany.
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