Faster & More Powerful Audi SQ2 Begins Testing

Audi SQ2 Performance SUV

The Audi SQ2 performance SUV might use the 2.0L, four-cylinder turbocharged engine.

Audi’s all-new Q2 mini SUV first broke cover in March 2016 at the Geneva Motor Show. Manufactured at Audi’s headquarters in Ingolstadt, Germany, this compact SUV will see a global release (including India) early next year. While the launch of Q2 is months away, the carmaker has begun testing the performance version of the SUV – Audi SQ2.

The Audi SQ2 will be sportier, faster and more powerful than the standard model.  Currently, the company is testing the vehicle on and off tracks. This new model will sit below the RS Q3 in Audi’s global product lineup, and take on the Mercedes-AMG GLA and the upcoming Volkswagen T-Roc R. Globally, the Audi SQ2 will go on sale in the second half of next year. As for now, there is no official word about its India launch.

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While the regular Q2 will come with two powertrains – 114bhp, 1.0L TFSI petrol and 148bhp, 2.0L TDI diesel, the Audi SQ2 is likely to derive its power from the 2.0L, four-cylinder turbocharged engine. The latter one also does duty in the S3. In the Audi S3, this powertrain delivers a maximum power output of 310bhp. If reports are to be believed, the SQ2 will be capable to offer a whopping 310bhp. The Quattro four-wheel drive (4WD) system will be standard across the carline. Read: New Audi A8 Sedan – All You Need To Know

Styling of the Audi SQ2 will be more aggressive and sportier than the standard model. On the exterior, the car will feature sportier black grille, revised front bumper with large air intakes, bigger alloy wheels, more prominent roof spoiler, new rear bumper and four circular exhausts along with black trim (instead of chrome bits). Read – Audi Q2 LWB India Launch On The Cards

Interior design and features will be carried over from the standard model. The Audi SQ2 might feature red plastic inserts throughout its cabin along with sports seats, sportier steering wheel and aluminium pedals. You will also see SQ2 badging inside the cabin. Features such as the large display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring, satellite navigation maps, Bluetooth connectivity and parking sensors will be borrowed from the standard Q2.

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