Audi Q2 spotted in Australia ahead official launch

January 27, 2017

The all-new Audi Q2 compact SUV has touched down in Australia, with the first allocation spotted by a PerformanceDrive reader just shy of its official debut.

Although Audi did have an example on display at Hamilton Island in August last year, these examples, spotted on a truck in Sydney, are, as far as we know, among the first local-spec models in the country.

Audi will launch the Q2 locally next month, and it has already confirmed prices will start at a very competitive $41,100 for the entry-level variant. Three examples are seen, including at least one upper-end variant wearing large alloy wheels.

So far the company has confirmed Australian buyers will be offered two main variants, including a 1.4 TFSI petrol and a 2.0 TDI diesel. The petrol version is front-wheel drive while the diesel is reserved for Audi’s famous quattro all-wheel drive system.

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The Q2 will compete in the market alongside the BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA, and, weirdly, the slightly larger Audi Q3. It’s set to be packaged with five seats and a 405-litre cargo area, while offering technologies such as a 12.3-inch fully digital instrument cluster option.

A formal introduction for the new model will take place in the coming weeks, an Audi spokesperson has confirmed with PerformanceDrive, with all specifications and standard features to be announced then.

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. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.