Audi’s small Q2 crossover isn’t available in North America and so it’s not going to be the high-performance version, the 2018 Audi SQ2. If you ask us, the little one would definitely do the job in U.S., but still, the chances for the arrival are none at the moment. On the other hand, the carmaker is reconsidering to bring the vanilla model, so-called RS Q2 in America. Anyway, the SQ2 has been caught while it’s was testing at the Nürburgring and here is what we expect:
The sporty crossover will likely use a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4. The engine is currently powering the latest S3, so we know that it’s capable to deliver around 310 horsepower. The power runs all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Compared to the regular Q2 that doesn’t cross 187 horsepower, the 2018 Audi SQ2 will bring a totally different performance, which should add a few additional improvements on suspension and systems. Still, this 310 horsepower will be nothing in comparison to the most-potent RS Q2. The vanilla flavor will use a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-5 with 400 horsepower.
Exterior and Interior Details
The exterior styling of the SQ2 will not differ too much from the regular model. The spy shots suggest that there will be a few changes in the ends and nothing else. More precisely, the front hosts a new bumper with additional air intakes and nothing else. Around back, the stylish SUV sports new quad exhaust pipes and perhaps a slightly redesigned rear bumper. The prototype is using larger wheels and special tires, as well as a special braking system.
The spy photos don’t point out what’s new inside, but we think we know what might change. The all-new 2018 Audi SQ2 will likely add special sports seats and new upholstery treatment. The carmaker will likely add more standard equipment, while the infotainment may come updated.
Audi hasn’t set the official date of arrival, yet we think that the SQ2 won’t skip the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. After all, the regular version has been introduced at the same place in 2016.