The popularity of compact crossovers is growing rapidly, and the 2017 Audi Q2 is yet another that will be added to the market by this German car maker. Luxury that will satisfy most drivers is something that Audi will offer and just like always use it to beat competitors and attract buyers to the brand.
Audi currently sells three different crossovers which range in size from the rather small Q3 all the way up to the Q7. However, they are now planning to add a couple more to the lineup with the 2017 Audi Q2 and its much bigger brother, the Q8. The Q2 is expected to be released quite soon, most likely before the end of this year and if the car’s name seems unusual, it is because Audi was planning to badge it as the Q1 because the Q2 name was trademarked by Fiat. Well, they finally won it back so their smallest crossover yet will be the Q2 which will share its MQB platform with the Golf or the A3.
2017 Audi Q2 Price And Release Date
This means that it will not be a bigger A1 but rather a smaller version of the A3. This could also mean that its price will not be as good as we first thought and Audi might start selling the Q2 at just under $30,000 which is a rather large price premium for a car that will not even have all wheel drive in the base trim level. We think that it is a rather interesting choice for Audi to sell two very similar cars, the Q2, and the Q3, at similar price points. However, we do think that the Q2 has a lot of useful options, especially in the city where the majority of people will want one because it will be shorter than the A3, better to park and drive on narrow city streets and where it will be needed. It will be quite high off the ground so it shouldn’t have any problems drive over uneven terrain or bad roads.
Engine wise, the 2017 Audi Q2 is very likely going to share most of its engines with the VW Golf and A3 models. This means that the base version, at least in Europe, will likely receive a 1.0-liter turbocharged inline three petrol engine which will provide 115 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. Further up the range, a 1.4 liter turbocharged inline-four petrol engine with anything between 125 and 150 horsepower and 148 to 184 lb-ft of torque is also going to be available. This will be offered on the higher end spec cars, and it should provide enough overtaking capabilities considering it is a rather small car.
A diesel is also a real possibility but considering Audi’s recent problems, it might not get to the United States. A higher power version of the Q2, most likely an S model, would make use of the same 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4 petrol engine found on the Golf GTI. This would provide up to 230 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque and it would be more than enough to allow the tiny crossover to get to 60 MPH in less than 7 seconds. A six-speed manual will be offered as standard on most of these engines while a 6 or 7 speed DSG gearbox is going to be delivered as an option.
In terms of design, we expect the 2017 Audi Q2 to share a lot of its design traits with the smaller Audi A1, so the two cars will likely get a similar front-end styling, a similar tailgate design and probably a similar size as well. However, the car will feature a longer wheelbase than the smaller A1 and its design will be more up to date with what Audi currently has on the market, meaning that the A1 will follow closely in its footsteps.
Like it is the case with A1 and similar models in the lineup we are getting a large grille that is dominated with a big logo of the company. At the sides, we have rather small but quite interesting headlights with LED technology for both daytime running lights and main beam. Under headlights and bumper, we have large openings that will supply additional air to brakes while centrally we have one even bigger that sends air to the intercooler. When we take a look at the side there really are no surprises since it fits nicely in Audi’s lineup, sharp creases, taller stance and slightly larger wheel wells than what we have on sedans clearly state that this is a crossover. Back segment offers clean lines with trunk door that does not have any light units on it meaning that complete tail lights are packed into side panels. All around bottom segment on this luxury crossover, including rear bumper, comes in different color plastic again showing that this is a slightly elevated model.
Inside the cabin, there should be more than enough room for up to five adults and their luggage while most of the interior will be of a higher quality than that of the Golf. Expect something similar to what the A3 is offering, so soft touch materials, sporty seats with good lateral support and even Audi’s MMI infotainment system which will be available as standard. A central part of the dashboard delivers large screen for both infotainment and navigation, under this display we have two circular air vents. Further down the center console there are various buttons that control air conditioning and similar. Behind the multifunctional wheel, a large and customizable screen is used to deliver info about the car, engine rpm, speed, etc.