Audi showcased the Q2 at the recently held Geneva Motor Show 2016. The reason for Audi to foray into this segment clearly shows that it wants first-time luxury cars buyers to get the best of it.
The Q2 will be the smallest SUV from the family of 'Q' and will compete with Mercedes-Benz GLA and the BMW X1, targeting the young urban drivers in India.
Audi A3 is the entry level car in India, with the country's penchant to own an SUV, the Q2 will look to answer the question. Even if this is positioned below the Q3, it will not be priced significantly lower than its elder sibling. The main reason is that the Q2 will be feature rich and will come with most the features from the Q family.
Audi does not have a hatchback to boast about in its product lineup; with the SUV craze in the Indian market currently, the Q2 is a good option. The model showcased at the Geneva Motor Show 2016 was slightly smaller in the wheelbase specifications, this will hamper the sales, not just in India, but in China too, however, this will be tweaked to suit the market requirements.
The Q2 has been designed by the new design chief Marc Lichte. The Q2 is based on the A3 platform and will start the new design language of all Audi Q cars in the future.
On the design front, the Q2 front has a new grille which is much edgier with polygonal details, even the headlamps are much squarer compared to what we see in the current Audi Q cars. The tail lamp too is sharper and squarish in design and reminds you of the Polo rear profile.
Inside the Q2, the interiors remain more or less the same as the Q cars, which features touch-screen infotainment system, Wi-Fi hotspots, and navigation system. Apart from these general features, since the Q2 is an SUV, it will come with cruise control, traffic jam assist, lane departure warning system, Audi side assist, lane-keeping assist, Audi active lane assist, traffic sign recognition, and parking and the rear cross-traffic assist. These features may not be part of the India-bound Q2 to keep the pricing competitive.
On the safety front, the Q2 will be equipped with off-road features like the ESC, Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Apart from the basic safety features like the airbags and ABS, hill climb assistance and a lot more. The Audi Q2 will also look to the efficiency of the SUV with four modes - Auto, Comfort, Dynamic, and Efficiency.
As of now, globally we see the TFSI and TDI engines on the Q's in three different displacements which will range from 1-litre to 2-litres. Most probably India-spec Q2 will come with 1.4-litre TFSI engine and 2-litre TDI engine.