The 2016 Audi Q2 is planned to be a new entry-level model in Audi’s line-up. Here are the 5 significant details we know about the 2016 Audi Q2.
1. Bodystyle and positioning
As the ‘Q’ letter in the name suggests, the 2016 Audi Q2 will be a crossover, positioned below the Audi Q3. Audi has reached a settlement with FCA for using the ‘Q2’ brand which belonged to the latter until a few months ago. The car was to be named Audi Q1 if FCA wouldn’t play ball.
2. Platform and drivetrain layout
The Audi Q2 would be based on a shortened version of the Volkswagen Group’s MQB modular platform. Front-wheel drive will be standard, but Quattro all-wheel drive is likely to be offered on top model(s) as it is a crossover.
The Audi Q2 would be at least 4 metres (4,000 mm) long, but not longer than 4.39 metres (4,388 mm) – the length of the Audi Q3. The reason why its length won’t be below 4 metres (4,000 mm) is because another crossover member named ‘Audi Q1’ is also planned, Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, a former Member of the Board of Management with responsibility for Technical Development at Audi AG, has confirmed. He said that it could be “less than four metres long”. It seems like the shortened length is the reason why the quarter glass would be a part of the rear windows instead of being separately fixed like on other Audi crossovers.
4. Powertrain and transmission
Not many engine options are expected to be offered on the Audi Q2. A 1.4-litre TFSI turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with maximum power of around 110 kW (150 PS/148 hp) and a 2.0-litre TDI four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine with maximum power of around 85 kW (116 PS/114 hp) could form the base engine options. Their ‘ultra’ versions with higher efficiency, and market-specific engine options that are perhaps lower in displacement are also on the cards. However, no engine option’s output would cross the 200 PS (197 hp)-mark. Those/that engine option(s) would be saved for the sportier Audi SQ2. Transmission options are likely to be 6-speed manual and 7-speed automatic.
5. Sales commencement
Speaking to IAB at the 2015 Volkswagen Group Night, Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg confirmed that the Audi Q2 will have its world premiere at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March. Pre-orders may be taken shortly after, with deliveries commencing in H2 2016.