Audi planning a Q2 entry-level SUV

Article by Christian A., on June 13, 2012

Tired of all the Q3, Q5 or Q7 models? Well, you’d better prepare as Audi is going to build a new entry-level SUV dubbed Q2. Set to make its debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show in the concept for, the new Audi Q2 will make its debut on the market in 2015 and will take on the MINI Countryman.

According to Autocar, the new vehicle will receive company’s new transverse-engine MQB platform, used also by the third-generation Audi A3. Compared with the smaller Audi A1, the Q2 is with 200mm longer than company’s smaller model. Sources also said that the second-generation Skoda Yeti might use the MQB platform too.

Regarding the Audi Q2 design, a source said that the small SUV will be influenced by the 2010 Quattro Concept and by Volkswagen’s new CrossCoupe Concept.

If the concept version is expected this September at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, the production version is expected to arrive by 2015, at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Q2 will be powered by petrol and diesel engines, while a performance-oriented version using the new 2.0-litre turbo EA888 engine, which will debut on the next-generation Golf GTI, is also planned.

Muscular, conservative, effective: The presence of the Audi quattro Concept’s potential knows no bounds. Despite the fact that the qualities of the exquisite Audi A5 and RS5 Coupés are difficult to disregard, the presence of the show auto is significantly more forceful and outgoing. Indeed, even the conspicuous contrasts between the base model and the development are more emotional than between the Ur-quattro and the Sport quattro in 1984.

The concept car's wheelbase is 150 millimeters (5.91 in) smaller than that of the RS5. The essential explanation behind this, obviously, was to upgrade agility and lose weight.

As opposed to the Sport quattro, the Audi creators likewise minimized the rear overhang by a sum of 200 millimeters (7.87 in) to keep up the cohesiveness of the essential parts. Rooftop height was cut down to 40 millimeters (1.57 in) because of this reason as well.

With its outside measurements (length x width x height) of 4.28 m (14.04 ft) x 1.86 m (6.10 ft) x 1.33 m (4.36 ft) and wheelbase of 2.60 m (8.53 ft), the Audi quattro Concept fits perfectly into the sports car sector.

The low roof likewise cuts down the height of the greenhouse, and in this manner, brings down the car's visual focus of gravity. The strong C-pillar is unmistakably inspired by the outline of the Ur-quattro. Similarly as with that model, the signature four rings can be found at the transition to the car's side; however for this situation they are stamped into the sheet metal. Together with the huge center-locking, 20-inch wheels in a 7-twin-spoke design, the lines make for greatly dynamic and strong proportions when viewed from the side.

The wheel wells in the angled bumpers are noticeably flared - another feature taken from the design plan of the Sport quattro. The same goes with the unmistakable air outlet on the right part of the hood, which permits the five-cylinder motor to easily manage air flow.

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