The 2017 Audi Q2 was recently unveiled during the Geneva Auto Show to an eagerly awaiting crowd. It is the smallest SUV by the German automaker and seems to blend the smaller Q3 and the much larger Q7 in many areas. However, though small, the car packs quite a punch to take on bigger cars and is most recognized by the more elegant and aggressive exterior and front. The Q2 is based on the MQB platform that is symbolic with Volkswagen Group and also features in the Audi A3 and Volkswagen Golf.
Just as pundits had speculated, the Audi Q2 2017 seeks to keep up with the likes of its stable mate Volkswagen Golf as well as BMW1, Nissan Juke, Range Rover Evoque, and Renault Captur. It is targeted at urbanites or younger buyers who seek more driving pleasure in a small compact but able car. This comes at a period where the people are looking for an all-around car that can handle well in different terrains.
2017 Audi Q2 – Exterior Body Changes and Interior Cabin Design
The 2017 Audi Q2 has done away with the smooth styling that seemed to blend the car’s body and the roof. Instead, it now features a contrasting panel on its rear window and deep countering on its roof that make the roof very distinct from the body. The car that seats 5 people measures 4,191mm long, 2009mm wide and 1,508mm height while the wheelbase is 2,595mm. The boot space with the rear seats up is 405 liters but this increases to 1,025 with the seats folded.
The Audi Q2 2017 comes with a low roof that is linked to the C-pillar and may also feature optional offset color blades. The single-frame grille is octagonal and comes with the iconic four circles and angled headlight clusters. The bumper is much wider but sleeker while the lower air intakes are cube shaped. The rear features cubed LED taillights, black lower diffuser and two exhaust pipes placed on one side.
The interior of the Audi Q2 is very similar to that of the A3 and also comes with the optional Virtual Cockpit instead of the traditional dials. The cockpit feels more plush and spacious courtesy of the wider and sleek console that houses the rotary controller. Placing the MMI infotainment system on the dashboard top gives is a sportier and futuristic appeal. Wi-Fi hotspot, 12.3-inch TFT screens, 14-speakers (Bang& Olufsen), 705-watt audio system, multimedia interface, and head-up display are some of the features.
2017 Audi Q2 – Engine Specs
The 2017 Audi Q2 will be powered by both diesel and gasoline engines. The smallest is the 1.0-liter turbocharged gasoline TFSI engine that generates 116 hp while the bigger 2.0-liter turbocharged variant generates up to 190 hp. Also available will be the 1.6 and 2.0-liter diesel engines both of which are turbocharged and generate 114 and 148 hp respectively. The engines will be mated to either a six-speed manual (Europe) or a seven-speed automatic (US). Customers have the options of a front wheel (FWD) or an All-wheel drive(AWD) based on the famous Quattro system.
2017 Audi Q2 – Price and Release Date
The 2017 Audi Q2 should be finding its way into our showrooms later this year although this is subject to confirmation by the automaker. The retail price for this 2017 Audi Q2 shouldn’t be more than that of the Q3 and pundits put it at between $ 25,000 and $33,225.