Report: Audi working on Q2 crossover

Audi is setting up to bring in the Q2, which will be its smallest SUV, sized to compete with the Nissan Juke.

The automaker plans on making this a sportier, lighter model with personalization options in the style of the Mini, with a selection of colors for the larger interior trimmings, roof and mirrors, along with several different seats. The outside will offer a sloping roofline, likely similar to the x6, with a front-end design inspired by the A1, with advanced LED headlight technology. On the inside there will be room for four, with a folding rear seat to make up for lost cargo space.

Power for the A2 is likely going to borrow from the A1 with its 1.4-liter four-cylinder turbo, with a variant for European markets featuring a 1.6-liter turbo diesel.

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Off-roading capabilities are expected to be mild, given the size of the model, and most variants are expected to be front wheel, with the higher-end models featuring Quattro four-wheel drive.

So given this small model, what about a Q4 to sit between the Q3 and the Q5? Audi says they don’t feel they have a need for it just yet. Sources say “At higher pricing levels it makes sense to have a lower-volume niche model such as the Q6, but this can’t be justified in the lower segment.”

Sometime over the next year the renderings will be brought to life in a concept model, with a production model expected for release in about 2-3 years. Audi may coordinate the release with certain points in its current generation, likely just ahead of the 2014 redesign.

Alexandra Koken

Source: AutoExpress