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Audi's Q2 Isn't Like Any Other Crossover From the Brand

Audi's crossover lineup has a bit a problem. All of their models look like one another. The only way you can tell them apart is either by the overall size or looking on the back for the name. But Audi is going to be changing this with the introduction of a new crossover.
Posted: March 2, 2016 - 10:53AM
Author: Will Maley

Meet the Q2 which made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show this week. What makes it so different than Audi's current crossover lineup? It doesn't look like a carbon copy of any of them. This is due to Audi's design boss Marc Lichte and his desire to inject some differentiation into Audi's lineup. Up front is a large grille with an egg crate insert and angular headlights.The side profile shows off a low roofline that merges into the C-Pillar with offset color blades.

The interior is similar to the A3, meaning the layout is very minimalist. Standard is Audi's MMI infotainment system with a Wi-Fi hotspot. Optional is Audi's Virtual Cockpit that replaces the standard instrument cluster with a 12.3-inch display that displays a set digital gauges and can bring up navigation. Cargo space ranges from 14.3 to 37.1 cubic feet, depending on whether the rear seats are folded down.

Audi will be offering six engines - three gas and three diesel - ranging in power from 116 to 190. A six-speed manual or Audi's seven-speed S-Tronic transmission is available on all of the engines. Front-wheel drive will come standard and quattro all-wheel drive will be available as an option.

For safety, the Q2 will come with a full suite of airbags and automatic forward emergency braking. Optional will be adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and traffic sign recognition.

Audi says the Q2 will go on sale in Europe this fall. It is unknown if Audi will ship the Q2 to the U.S. or not.