Audi has commenced the production of its smallest SUV Q2 at the company's main plant in Ingolstadt. The Q2 is based on Volkswagen Group's MQB platform, the SUV is shorter compared to the Q3.
This will mark Audi's entry into a new segment, this is the 13th model from the luxury car maker and made its world premiere at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
Albert Mayer, plant director at the Audi site in Ingolstadt, said, "The start of series production of a new model is always a great challenge and something special for a plant and its employees. We are proud to be building the Audi Q2 - the Q-family entry model - here in Ingolstadt for the world market."
The smallest SUV Q2 is being produced on the A3 line, which passes through the body shop, paint shop and the assembly along the line of A3. Audi is slowly increasing the new SUV's production to 450 units a day approximately.
Audi will power the Q2 with a choice of six engines in Europe, a 114bhp 1.0-litre three cylinder TFSI engine, 148bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, 187bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol, 114bhp 1.6-litre four-cylinder diesel, 148bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel and a 187bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine and will be mated to a 6-speed manual and 7-speed S-Tronic dual clutch automatic gearbox.
As for India, Audi will offer the Q2 with the 2.0-litre diesel engine and is expected to hit the Indian market in 2017 with a price tag ranging between Rs. 25 lakh - Rs. 32 lakh.