It isn’t news that Audi is developing a new entry-level crossover that will sit below the Audi Q3 which was called ‘Audi Q1’, as per the company’s announcement in December 2013. Speaking to our sister website IAB at the Volkswagen Group Night last week in Frankfurt, Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management for Technical Development at Audi AG, confirmed that the upcoming entry-level crossover will be called the ‘Audi Q2’.
When asked about the new model’s details referring to it as the Audi Q1, Dr. Hackenberg corrected IAB, saying that it was “talking about the (Audi) Q2”. Confirming more exciting details, he said that the company will “present it (Audi Q2) in Geneva”.
By “Geneva”, Dr. Hackenberg was referring to the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. He also confirmed that the model debuting at the Swiss show on the first week of March will be production-spec, not a concept.
The Audi Q2 will be based on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform. While four-cylinder TSI petrol and TDI diesel engines are a given, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Audi offered two three-cylinder TSI petrol and TDI diesel engines as well. Transmission options should include 6-speed manual transmission and 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Following its early 2016 world premiere, the Audi Q2 would reach dealerships in first markets, including Germany, in H2 2016. If the new entry-level model makes it to North America and Oceania, which it most likely will, it would be only in early 2017 or later.