First previewed at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the Audi Q2 will be the most affordable product from the German carmaker in India.
The Audi Q2 mini SUV has been designed keeping in view tastes and preferences of urban buyers.
November 26, 2016 – Audi Q2, the smallest crossover from the German automaker, was recently showcased at the 2016 Bogota Motor Show in Colombia. Reports suggest that the India-spec version will be the long-wheelbase (LWB) model of the Q2. Though the company hasn’t yet said anything about it. It would be safe to say that the major reason for the release of the Audi Q2 is the growing demand for smaller SUVs in India. The Q2 is being manufactured at Audi’s Ingolstadt-based facility in Germany, though the company might produce it here similar to other Audi cars.
The components for crossover will be sourced from China that will help the carmaker price it quite aggressively. With a long wheelbase and attractive pricing, the Audi Q2 will surely appeal young Indian buyers. The Audi’s mini SUV has been designed keeping in view tastes and preferences of urban drivers. The smallest member of the Audi Q family nips the weighing scale slightly in its favor with 1205kgs. The Audi Q2 comes with the six powertrain options and the company’s signatory Quattro AWD system.
The Audi Q2 is already on sale in UK, though India may have to wait for another year for its launch here. It might see a release in the year 2017.
|SE Grade||Rs 25 lakh|
|Sport Grade||Rs 30 lakh|
|S Line Grade||Rs 35 lakh|
Audi has been putting hard effort to stay on peak in every car segment of India. Here, it will be positioned below the Q3 compact sedan. The price range for Audi Q2 is expected to begin from Rs. 25 lakh (ex-showroom).
|Engine||1.0-litre TFSI Petrol|
|Engine||2.0-litre TDI Diesel|
|Maximum Power||148bhp & 187bhp|
|Transmission||6-speed Manual, 7-speed Automatic & S Tronic Dual-Clutch|
• Body Toned Bumpers
• Single Frame Grille With Octagonal Design
• Cubed LED Headlights
• Optional S Line Exteriors Package
• Electric Outside Rear View Mirrors On Both Sides
• Tinted Glasses
• Revised Taillights
• Darkness Sensing Headlights
• LED light package with 10 color options
• MMI Infotainment System Which Can Connect With Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
• 12.3-inches TFT Display
• Bang & Olufsen Premium Audio System With 14 Speakers
• Virtual Cockpit System
• Steering Mounted Controls
• Power Windows
• Remote Boot Release
• Air Conditioner With Climate Control
• Service Reminder
• Remote Fuel Filler
• Luggage Lamp
• Rain Sensing Wipers
• Rear Defogger
• Rear Washer And Wiper
• GPS Navigation
• Bluetooth Compatibility
• USB, iPod, and Aux Compatibility
• 6 Airbags
|Width||1,794mm (2,009mm with mirrors)|
As far as dimensions are concerned, the new Q2 small SUV measures 4,191mm in length, 1,794mm in width and 1,508mm in height with a wheelbase of 2,601mm. Despite being compact in size, the premium SUV carries a ground clearance of 200mm which is more than sufficient to tackle rugged Indian roads.
Audi has bestowed its latest creation with distinct exterior along with a lieu of several design traits. The front fascia of the car carries a newly designed single-frame grille that comes with polygon detailing. The headlamps are more prominent with sharper angles. The C-pillar features R8-style blade while the taillights are completely re-designed. Overall, the SUV differentiates itself from all other members of Audi family in a very clear manner.
The car has a high ground clearance of 200mm that makes it pretty suitable for all kind of rough terrains. Audi’s smallest crossover rides on the two pairs of Pirelli P Zero road tyres that ensure its strong off-road capabilities. The Q2 is based on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB modular platform that also underpins the new Skoda Octavia and the VW Tiguan. This platform will allow Audi to share components with other siblings, which will help the German automaker price the vehicle aggressively.
Audi has equipped Q2’s interior quite generously. The headroom is more than that of A3 which means tall people will have a good time. The luggage capacity stands at 405-liters and can be extended up to 1050-liters by folding its rear 40:20 folding rear seat. The car can accommodate 5 adult passengers with ease. Apart from four driving modes, the SUV comes blessed with the longest list of security features in its segment.
With respect to safety, the 2017 Audi Q2 comes fitted with pedestrian and collision-prevention automatic brakes, a traffic jam assist, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), cruise control, active lane assist with camera, traffic sign recognition technology, park assist, air bags, and several others. The dashboard is installed with an MMI infotainment system which has an extra mode for drivers that enables to customize settings as per the preference. The car also has virtual cockpit along with head-up display which can be customized by the driver. What further add a premium touch to its interior are contrasting stitching, soft-touch plastics, and leather trims.
The European-spec version of the Audi Q2 will be offered with three TDI diesel and three TFSI petrol powertrains with capacities ranging from 1.0 litre -2.0-litre. Power for the base model will come from a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder TFSI engine producing 114bhp. The mid-level model derives its power from Audi’s 1.4-litre cylinder-on-demand TFSI power mill, while the top-model will have a 2.0-liter engine.
The diesel engine line-up begins from 1.6-litre TDI unit that develops power worth 114bhp, it is followed by a 2.0-liter oil burner that is tuned to generate two different outputs – 148bhp and 187bhp. Similar to other models, this one is too equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The S-tronic dual-clutch transmission will come as optional offering.
For the Indian market, the Audi Q2 is likely to get a 2.0-litre EA288 diesel motor that do duty in several other Volkswagen cars. The German car maker also aims at localizing the production largely in order to bring its costing under control. Talking about petrol version, the India-spec model could get a 1.8-litre TFSI or 1.4-litre TFSI units.
The Audi Q2 can run on four different drive modes: Auto, Dynamic, Comfort, and Efficiency. This mini SUV will come with both front wheel drive (FWD) and four-wheel drive (4WD) options. Despite the fact it is meant to serve young city-clad drivers, the SUV has been blessed with sufficient capacity to take off-road ventures. Whenever driver sets the ESC to off-road mode, the car will adapt itself to run under slippery and rough conditions.
Front Brakes – Disc
Rear Brakes – Disc
Though there will be no direct rival for the Audi Q2, it could impact the sales of cars priced between Rs 25 lakh – Rs 35 lakh. The only close competitor we see in front of the Q2 is the MINI Countryman.