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Audi ‘Q2’ to become new mini SUV, 2016 Geneva show debut

September 23, 2015

Audi will unveil its all-new Audi Q2 mini SUV at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, according to reports. It will be the company’s smallest SUV in the showroom.


Previously thought to be called the Q1, reports say Audi has managed to secure the legal rights to the Q2 name. The name was previously in the hands of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

So far only a concept version has been revealed to the public (Crossland concept shown above). The production model is set to be toned down slightly, featuring more usual alloy wheel sizes and less dramatic components and trimmings.

The design is likely to mimic the themes seen on the latest Q7 SUV and new A4, with a large front grille, sophisticated headlights, and defined panel contours. It will probably come with black or silver lower trimmings and wheel arches as well to give it that rough and ready look.

Underneath, the Q2 is set to use a modified version of Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform which originally debuted on the Audi A3 and then the Mk7 Golf. It’s understood the platform will be shortened to provide petite exterior proportions.

Powertrain options are expected to comprise of mostly front-wheel drive arrangements with quattro all-wheel drive only for the top variants, with power coming from turbo-diesel and turbo-petrol engines. There is also talk of TDI ‘SQ2’ and TFSI ‘RS Q2’ variants, offering around 170kW and 220kW, respectively.

Market entry will take place during the later half of 2016, following an initial unveiling at the Geneva show in March.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.