Audi Q2 could enter Indian market in the beginning of next year with aggressive pricing and powered by 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine
German luxury auto manufacturer Audi showcased the Q2 at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show early last year. The SUV comes as the company’s youngest model in the Q series. The small SUV is expected to reach the Indian shores as well in early parts of next year, and once launched, it will give the customers taste of what the entry-level luxury vehicle from Audi looks like.
According to the German luxury auto manufacturer, the Q2 have been designed and developed to attract the first time buyers, who want an affordable luxury car in small budget. The Audi Q2 comes bearing the company’s latest design language. It is being manufactured at the company’s Ingolstadt plant in Germany.
At exterior, the Audi Q2 looks sporty and sharp, while inside the cabin the car comes featuring an upmarket look with premium features. In recent times, Indian automobile market is experiencing a shift in demand of the customers. We Indians are already known for our love for SUVs and crossovers and now with the changing scenario, buyers are showing more and more interest toward premium cars.
Audi has become quite popular in India in recent past and the Q2 could be the right tool for grabbing more market share in a segment that is predicted to flourish due to the devoid of competition – as the BMW X2 is expected only after the launch of the Q2. While the German luxury automaker plans to launch its smallest SUV in the country, let us take a close look at the facts and figures of the Audi Q2 here:
Audi Q2 SUV India Launch
|Audi Q2 India Launch||Early 2018|
Based on the A3’s platform, the Audi Q2 small crossover is expected to launch in the country as early as the beginning of next year. It was expected to be showcased at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo but Audi won’t be present at the event though, so there is no chance for it.
Audi Q2 SUV India Price
|Audi Q2 India Price||Rs. 28-35 Lakh|
In the UK, Audi priced the Q2 between GBP 21,360 (Rs. 18.37 lakh) and GBP 32,150 (Rs. 27.65 lakh). In India expect the pricing to be around Rs. 28 lakhs to Rs. 35 lakh (ex-showroom). The car is likely to launch in three different grades which would be SE Grade, Sport Grade and S Line Grade. It will be one of the most affordable Audi vehicles in the country, once it gets launched.
Audi Q2 SUV Engine Specifications
|Engine||2.0-litre TDI Diesel|
|Power||190 PS at 3,800-4,200 rpm|
|Torque||400 Nm at 1,750-3,000 rpm|
|Transmission||Seven-Speed Dual-Clutch Automatic|
Audi Q2 gets a range of powertrains with displacements ranging between 1.0-litre and 2.0-litre. The car gets six different engine options including both TFSI petrol and TDI diesel units. The petrol engines are – 116 PS 1.0 TFSI, 150 PS 1.4 TFSI and 190 PS 2.0 TFSI units. While the diesel engines on offer are – 116 PS 1.6 TDI, 150 PS 2.0 TDI and 190 PS 2.0 TDI units.
On the transmission front the options for Audi Q2 are a six-speed manual gearbox and a seven-speed S-tronic dual clutch automatic gearbox. The Audi Q2 is being offered in both the Front Wheel Drive (FWD) and All Wheel Drive (AWD) configurations. We expect it to come strapped with the well-known 2.0-litre TDI diesel making 190 PS and 400 Nm, mated to seven-speed automatic ‘box.
Audi Q2 SUV Exterior
In terms of design, the Audi Q2 looks a bit different compared to the other models in the Q series. The Q2 indeed looks a bit less sharper than other Q series models, but it comes pretty aggressive looking. At the front fascia the car adorns an octagonal single frame radiator grille complemented by sharp headlamp clusters with LED units and also the LED daytime running lights integrated.
The LED daytime running lights come exactly like the other modern Audi models. The front bumper looks muscular and aggressive with the wide air intake sporting honeycomb mesh grille. At both sides the bumper of the car sports faux air dams, which enhance the style. At the side profile of the Audi Q2, the car features sporty five spoke alloy wheels, side body cladding, roof spoiler, floating roof design.
The sloping roofline increases the appeal of the car along with the thick C pillar. Moving to the rear fascia, the Audi Q2 comes featuring LED taillights, roof spoiler, skid plate and a muscular bumper, while the sculpted look gives the car an attractive look even at the rear as well. The car is based on the MQB platform, which is incorporated in several new generation cars from the VW group.
Audi Q2 Dimension
|Ground Clearance||200 mm|
Dimensionally speaking, the Audi Q2 compact luxury crossover measures 4,191 mm in length, 1,794 mm in width, 1,508 mm in height. The 2,601 mm of wheelbase ensures, sufficient space inside the cabin offering a comfortable journey experience. Also the Audi Q2 gets a 200 mm ground clearance, which ensures the car can take on the rough roads without hassle. The company also seems to be planning for a long wheelbase version of the Q2 for the Chinese market. Reports also suggest that, the same long wheelbase version might make it into Indian market as wellin the near future.
Audi Q2 SUV Interior and Features
The interior of the Audi Q2 has been designed to give the occupants a sporty feel blended with the premium features Audi is known for offering. It comes donning a sporty black interior theme, while the features include multifunction steering wheel, Audi virtual cockpit with 12.3 inch TFT display. The centre console will sport a touchscreen infotainment system, while the 14 speaker sound system developed by Bang and Olufsen gives the occupants a true premium music experience.
The dashboard and the centre console gets silver accents, while the HVAC vents come round shaped. The steering wheel, seats and the upholstery inside the cabin would come wrapped in premium quality leather. The car gets sport seats, while in terms of space inside the cabin Audi Q2 doesn’t disappoint at all. Also with the reported long wheelbase the Indian customers might expect more spacious experience compared to the Europe spec model.
Audi Q2 SUV Safety Features
Expect the crossover to come offering several safety features like six airbags, darkness sensing headlamps, rear defogger, power window, seatbelt warning system, ABS, EBD, and many other safety measures as well.
Audi Q2 SUV Key Rivals
In India, the Audi Q2 won’t have any direct rival once it launches in 2018. But the Mini Countryman will be a close competitor along with the recently launched Skoda Kodiaq and the Volkswagen Tiguan. Its direct rival BMW X2 is expected during the course of next year as well.