Audi unveils new Q2 premium compact SUV at 2016 Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 2, 2016

Audi has unveiled at 2016 Geneva International Motor Show its latest offering that will usher its entry into the subcompact crossover segment – the new Audi Q2. With a length of just 4.19 meters (13.7 ft.), the new Audi Q2 is smaller than full-sized SUVs, but still features the connectivity, infotainment and assistance systems found on its larger siblings.

Aside from sporting a youthful and vigorous design, the new Q2 allows its users to enjoy driving while immersing themselves with its high level of functionality.

At the heart of the Q2 lies a choice of six power engines: three TFSI and three TDI engines with displacements ranging between 1.0 liters and 2.0 liters, and power outputs ranging between 815 kW (116 hp) and 140 kW (190 hp).

Exterior Design

Aerodynamically, the base version of the Audi Q2 features a cd of just 0.30. The front end of the new Audi Q2 features two large contoured air inlets, a highly positioned Singleframe radiator grille and wedge-shaped headlights with optional LED technology.

Its sides are marked with lines, edges and polygons as part of a new design language. Moreover, the new Audi Q2 is endowed with a color-offset blade on the customizable low-profile C-pillar. Placed just above the Q2’s high shoulder line are narrow windows that cover around a third of the vehicle’s surface area relative to the metal surfaces.

Additionally, the new Q2 features flanks drawn inward in the door area, thereby highlighting the wheels and the quattro character of the vehicle.

Meanwhile, the rear of the new Q2 is marked by a long roof spoiler, a strong curved bumper and a diffuser that differs according to the model line. The rear left side is accentuated by an exhaust system that ends in one or two tailpipes. This five-seater SUV also employs LED technology, as an option, for its rear lights. Likewise, the rear of the Q2 features dynamic turn signals.

Interior Design

Inside, the new Q2 has an Audi virtual cockpit featuring highly detailed 12.3-inch screen offering two display modes. One mode emphasizes the tachometer and speedometer, while the other centers on infotainment and/or navigation data. Moreover, the Audi Q2 features a head-up display that projects vital information – which could include navigation data, the vehicle speed and warning messages -- onto a glass panel just in front of the driver.

This latest compact SUV from Audi features an advanced infotainment system – MMI. The MMI screen – whose size depends on the infotainment system availed – is placed high on the instrument panel as standard.

The system’s functions can be controlled through a rotary or push-button control and two buttons on the center tunnel. Sitting at the top of the infotainment range is the MMI navigation plus with MMI touch, featuring a touchpad on the rotary/push-button control that enables scrolling and zooming.

Moreover, this system offers intuitive natural language operation and MMI search and comes with a Wi-Fi hotspot, thereby allowing Audi Q2 occupants to connect online. Additionally, drivers could access the online services of Audi connect -- ranging from traffic and parking-space information to navigation with Google Earth -- through the MMI touch.

Ingress and egress is easy with the new Audi Q2, since the compact SUV features wide-opening doors and a high door sill. Drivers are treated to a sporty, low position relative to the steering wheel while still enjoying the visibility typical of an SUV.

In terms of cargo handling capability, the new Audi Q2 features a compartment that could accommodate 405 liters (14.3 cu ft) of cargo, which could be expanded to a full 1,050 liters (37.1 cu ft) once the rear bench seatback is folded.

The middle segment could also be used as an entry point for a large cargo. Customers could avail of certain options like a power tailgate and a three-way split of the rear bench backrests. Of course, customers are given the option to further customize their Q2 according to their preferences.

They could avail of an array of optional parts, which vary according to the trim line. The new Audi Q2 comes with two trim lines -- design and sport –positioned above the base version. When the S line sport package is selected, customers are treated to an exterior customization that emphasizes the Q2’s agile stature. Moreover, customers could also personalize the interior of their Q2.

They could have the decorative trim and certain areas of the seats specified in particular colors like yellow, red or orange. This decorative trim could be availed in white plastic or brushed aluminum.

Customers could also have the seat upholstered in either high-end fabrics or fine Nappa leather. Furthermore, they could modify the mood inside the cabin with the optional LED lighting package, which features LED light strips illuminating the trim in front of the instrument panel and the knee pads. Customers could choose from 10 available colors.


For the Q2, Audi is pursuing an engine rightsizing strategy, which entails attaining the perfect balance between vehicle class, engine displacement, output, torque and fuel efficiency. Available TFSI powerplants include the 1.0 TFSI three-cylinder engine that develops 85 kW (116 hp); the 1.4 TFSI with cylinder deactivation (COD: cylinder on demand) providing up to 110 kW (150 hp); and the 2.0 TFSI engine that generates a max output of 140 kW (190 hp).

In case of the 2.0 TFSI engine, this powerplant features a new combustion process that allows it to be as fuel efficient as a downsized engine in part-load operation, and as dynamic as a larger engine in higher loads.

Available TDI engines, meanwhile, include a 1.6 liter four-cylinder TDI that develops up to 85 kW (116 hp); a 2.0 TDI that produces up to 110 kW (150 hp); and another 2.0 TDI version that delivers up to 140 kW (190 hp).

Transmitting this amount of power from the engine to the wheels is a choice between a six-speed manual gearbox (standard in all engines except the 2.0 TDI and the 2.0 TFSI) and the S tronic dual-clutch transmission with seven speeds (standard on the 2.0 TDI and the 2.0 TFSI, but optional in other engine versions).

This new S tronic dual-clutch transmission -- featuring a large spread of gear ratios – is now more efficient thanks to the use of a new type of oil supply and reduced friction. All versions of the new Audi Q2 will feature, as standard, progressive steering, in which the toothing of the steering rack could modify the steering gear ratio according to the degree of the steering input.

Audi Q2 models powered by the top TDI and TFSI engines are fitted, as standard, with quattro permanent all-wheel drive system, which is optional on versions powered by the 1.4 TFSI COD and the 100kW 2.0 TDI powerplants.

This quattro permanent all-wheel drive system features a hydraulic multi-plate clutch with electronic control, which could transfer nearly all available torque to the front wheels during normal driving, but could variably and seamlessly redirect torque to the rear axle if needed.

This performance level is complemented by a torque vectoring system. Customers could avail of the optional Audi drive select handling system that allows drivers to pick between four modes -- auto, comfort, dynamic and efficiency.

A fifth mode –individual – is added when the MMI radio is availed. Audi drive select could influence vehicle systems -- the steering and gear shift characteristics -- and the optional chassis with adaptive damper control. With ESC Offroad mode and around 20 centimeters (7.9 in) of ground clearance, the new Audi Q2 could also be driven off-road.

Featuring a length of 4.19 meters (13.7 ft.), a width of 1.79 meters (5.9 ft.), a height of 1.51 meters (5.0 ft.) and wheelbase of 2.60 meters (8.5 ft.) with short overhangs, the new Audi Q2 is a lightweight road machine.

In fact, when equipped with the 1.0 TFSI engine, the compact SUV weighs just 1,205 kg (2,656.6 lbs). It features a passenger cell made from form-hardened steel while its vibration-optimized body – along with Audi’s high expertise in the areas of aeroacoustics and aerodynamics – results to a very low noise level on-board.

Press Release

Stage debut: the new Audi Q2

Audi is revealing the new Audi 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 full-size class.
“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,” says Audi Head of Design Marc Lichte.

Rugged look
The result: a powerful SUV that shows a lot of vertices and edges. At the front, a strong image is created by the Singleframe grille in octagonal design that is positioned high as well as large air inlets. Especially eye-catching is the low roof that descends and merges into the C-pillars with color offset blades. This contrast accentuates the sportiness of the Audi Q2. The rear body terminates in a dynamic way with a long roof spoiler and a diffuser that has an underbody-protection look.

In a side view, the high shoulder line is especially eye-catching as are the concave flanks in the door area. The latter emphasize the wheel housings and thereby the quattro character of the compact SUV. The vehicle measures 1.51 meters (5.0 ft) tall and 1.79 meters (5.9 ft) wide. The overhangs are short with a vehicle length of 4.19 meters (13.7 ft) and a wheelbase of 2.60 meters (8.5 ft).

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 systems in the line-up: adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go function, traffic jam assist, the lane-departure warning system Audi side assist, the lane-keeping assistant Audi active lane assist, traffic sign recognition and parking and cross-traffic assist rear.

Highly connected
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 center tunnel. When MMI navigation plus with MMI touch is ordered, the user also gets a touchpad on the central control element. In addition, the system can be conveniently controlled by natural language operation and the integrated MMI search. A Wi-Fi hotspot enables surfing and streaming with mobile end devices. Furthermore, customers can use MMI touch to query the online services of Audi connect. The flat rate data plan required for this is included thanks to the SIM card (embedded SIM) that is permanently installed in the car. It also permits roaming in most European countries. Cell phones with iOS and Android operating systems are integrated into the car via the Audi smartphone interface. The free Audi MMI connect app enables online media streaming and transfer of a calendar from a smartphone to the MMI. The app for iOS operating systems also has the myAudi destinations function. It makes it possible to send the data of a desired navigation destination from any app to the MMI navigation plus system. The system then uses it for navigation.

Simply functional
The Q2 fulfills fundamental expectations of an SUV with a high entry, good visibility and a large luggage compartment (405 to 1,050 liters (14.3 - 37.1 cu ft) of capacity). The highlight is that the driver’s seat position is sporty and low in relation to the steering wheel like in an Audi sedan. Optional practical solutions are available such as a power tailgate and a three-way split rear bench backrests with cargo through-loading.

Individual customization
The Audi Q2 is as individual as its drivers – inside and out. Many equipment packages, exterior colors and expressive colors 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.

Drivetrain and chassis
The Q2 is launching with a selection of six different engines. Along with a 1.0-liter three-cylinder TFSI, two four-cylinder gasoline engines are being offered with 1.4 and 2.0 liters of displacement. In addition, three four-cylinder diesel engines are available with 1.6 and 2.0 liters of displacement. Their power output ranges from 85 kW (116 hp) to 140 kW (190 hp). 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. Installed at the rear on the front-wheel drive versions is a semi-independent suspension, while the quattro models have a four-link suspension. Progressive steering is standard in all versions. It varies the steering gear ratio as a function of the steering input; the ratio is made more direct with large steering movements. Adaptive dampers are available as an option, as is the Audi drive select system with which drivers can set an individual characteristic for their Q2.


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