Q2 to slot below the upcoming, next-gen Q3 in Audi’s India portfolio
To be offered in multiple variants; range-topping trims to be well equipped
Dealers have started accepting orders
Having introduced the flagship Q8 SUV and A8 L sedan earlier this year, Audi is now prepping to take things further up a notch in the coming months. The German marque has lined up multiple model launches for 2020, with the Q2 SUV set to be the sales driver.
The Q2, which premiered at the 2016 Geneva motor show, has long been a contender for our market. So what does the Q2 have in store for us? Here’s the complete lowdown.
What is the Audi Q2?
The Q2 is the smallest member of Audi’s global SUV range and, as the name suggests, it slots in below the next-gen Q3, which, too, is India-bound in the coming months. Built on the VW Group’s MQB platform, the Q2 measures 4,191mm in length, 1,794mm in width, 1,508mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,601mm.
In terms of design, though instantly identifiable as a typical Audi SUV/crossover, the Q2 sports a number of bespoke styling touches that lend it a unique character. Up front, there's a large, single-frame grille flanked by a pair of chunky headlights. The black cladding across the bumpers, wheel arches and running boards gives it a rugged look. International models even come with an R8-style blade on the C-pillar that can be optioned in multiple finishes. At the rear, a wide tailgate and square-ish tail-lamps provide it with a squat stance.
What is the Audi Q2’s cabin like?
The Q2’s cabin is based on Audi’s previous-gen interior design language. Though it might lack the sheer flash value that modern Audi cabins bring along, it makes up for it with a neatly executed design. Key highlights include turbine-style air vents and a high-set multimedia screen that can be operated via a rotary dial placed on the centre console. Given the compact dimensions, passengers could find the space at a bit of a premium. Boot space is rated at 405 litres for front-wheel-drive versions, however, the Quattro all-wheel-drive layout that we will be getting, sees the capacity fall to 355 litres.
What equipment will the India-bound Audi Q2 have?
The Q2 will be launched in our market in five-trim levels, with the range-topping Technology variant boasting features like LED headlamps, alloy wheels, ambient lighting, panoramic sunroof, Audi’s ‘MMI Navigation Plus’ infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, wireless charging and a 12.3-inch ‘Virtual Cockpit’ digital instrument cluster. Standard safety kit will include multiple airbags, ABS, electronic stability control and traction control.
Which powertrains will feature on the India-spec Audi Q2?
Audi’s entry-level SUV will be introduced solely in the 40TFSI guise which will pack in a 190hp/320Nm, 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine. This will provide the Q2 enough firepower to hit the 100kph mark from a standstill in 6.5sec (claimed) and continue to a top speed of 228kph. Transmission duties will be handled by a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission paired with Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system.
What is the expected price point of the Audi Q2?
Order books are expected to officially open in August, though some dealers have already started accepting bookings for the upcoming model. Expect prices to be in the Rs 35-48 lakh range (ex-showroom), which would make the Q2 the entry point to Audi’s range in India. As such, it will primarily be pitted as an urban SUV for first-time luxury car buyers. Being half a size smaller than rival brands' entry-level SUV offerings like the BMW X1, Volvo XC40 and the upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLA, the Q2 will have no like-for-like contenders in our market.
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