ANOTHER SUV FROM AUDI: Audi unveiled its new Q2 at the Geneva motor show. It will arrive in SA in 2017. Image: Quickpic
Cape Town - Audi is revealing its Q2 at the Geneva International Motor Show. The compact SUV is an urban-type vehicle for everyday driving and recreation, uniting a progressive design with a high level of functionality. Connectivity, infotainment and assistance systems are on level of the full-size class.
Audi designer Marc Lichte said: "In the Audi Q2 we have developed a distinctively geometric form language with model-specific design characteristics. The car exhibits an independent character within the Q family."
Coming to SA?
Audi South Africa will introduce the Audi Q2 locally in the first quarter of 2017. All engine details, specification and pricing will be available closer to its market introduction
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Audi says the Q2 is a powerful SUV that shows a lot of vertices and edges. At the front, a strong image is created by the singleframe grille positioned high as well as large air inlets. The rear body terminates in a dynamic way with a long roof spoiler and a diffuser that has an underbody-protection look.
The high shoulder line is especially eye-catching as are the concave flanks in the door area, says the automaker. The vehicle measures 1.51m tall and 1.79m wide. The overhangs are short with a vehicle length of 4.19m and a wheelbase of 2.60m.
Drivetrain and chassis
The Q2 is launching internationally with a selection of six different engines. Along with a 1.0-litre three-cylinder TFSI, two four-cylinder petrol engines are being offered with 1.4 and 2.0-litres of displacement. In addition, three four-cylinder diesel engines are available with 1.6 and 2.0-litres of displacement. Their power output ranges from 85kW to 140kW.
As an alternative to the six-speed manual transmission, Audi also offers the S tronic dual clutch transmission with seven speeds for all engines. In the case of the top TDI and the 2.0 TFSI, a newly developed dual-clutch transmission is used, which has a new type of oil supply and reduced friction. Both engines may also be combined with a quattro permanent all-wheel drive system as standard equipment.
Technology from the full-size class
Along with the optional Audi virtual cockpit and the head-up display, the driver assistance systems for the Audi Q2 also come from the full-size class – including the Audi pre-sense front that is standard. The system recognizes critical situations with other vehicles as well as pedestrians crossing in front of the vehicle, and if necessary it can initiate hard braking – to a standstill at low speeds. Other assistance systems familiar from the Audi Q7 and Audi A4 will also be available.
The Q2 is equipped with a standard MMI screen that is positioned high on the instrument panel. The infotainment system can be operated by a rotary/push-button control and two buttons on the centre tunnel. When MMI navigation plus with MMI touch is ordered, the user also gets a touchpad on the central control element.
A Wi-Fi hotspot enables surfing and streaming with mobile end devices.
The Q2 fulfills fundamental expectations of an SUV with a high entry, good visibility and a large luggage compartment (405 to 1 050 litres of capacity). Optional practical solutions are available such as a power tailgate and a three-way split rear bench backrests with cargo through-loading.
Many equipment packages, exterior colours and expressive colours for interior trim and seat upholstery allow plenty of creative space for personal configuration. One option is the LED lighting package, in which the interior is staged in a particularly attractive way with illuminated trim elements.