Audi is filling out its Q range of crossovers and SUVs with a new model at the bottom of the lineup. The new Audi Q2 slots in below the Q7, Q5, and Q3, and debuts an edgy new look that’s blockier than what we’re used to from Audi.
Based on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform, the Audi Q2 is truly a little thing. It’s eight inches shorter than the Audi Q3, and nearly a foot shorter than the BMW X1. Nonetheless, it presents a strong face to the world, with Audi’s singleframe grille design flanked by large, squared-off headlights. Along the side, there’s a gently rising beltline and a stepped character line, along with a section of the lower body that’s concave to avoid a slab-sided look. Interestingly, the chunky, color-offset C-pillars seem to take inspiration from the “side blades” on the Audi R8 supercar.
Despite its small size, Audi says the Q2 will accommodate up to 37.1 cu ft of cargo, and optional features like a power liftgate and three-way split-folding rear seats enhance practicality. The newest generation of Audi’s MMI infotainment system is up front, and the dashboard is simple and minimalist like in the A3 sedan.
In Europe, the Audi Q2 will offer a wide swath of powertrain options ranging from a 1.0-liter three-cylinder ranging to a 2.0-liter diesel. Front-wheel drive is standard, with Quattro all-wheel drive as an option, and some models come with a manual transmission while others use a dual-clutch unit. Here in the U.S., we’re most likely to get only the highest-output, 190-hp 2.0-liter gasoline turbo-four with all-wheel drive and a dual-clutch automatic, though Audi has not yet announced U.S.-spec details on the car.
Expect pricing for the Audi Q2 to come in slightly below the Q3, which starts at $34,625 in the U.S. The Q2 will launch later this year in Europe, so look for more U.S. information to come within the next few months.