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Geneva LIVE: Audi Q2

by Ronan Glon

The crossover will slot beneath the Q3 at the bottom of Audi\'s crossover lineup.

Audi has introduced the Q2, its all-new entry-level crossover, at the Geneva Auto Show.

The Q2 is built on Volkswagen's modular MQB platform. While the teaser images do a good job of hiding the crossover's overall design, we can tell that it's characterized by a sharp rendition of Audi's singleframe grille, T-shaped LED daytime running lights that are surprisingly Volvo-esque, muscular haunches, and a roof-mounted spoiler. An earlier sketch suggests it features allroad-inspired styling cues such as black plastic trim over the rocker panels and on the wheel arches as well as brushed aluminum-look trim up front.

Mechanically, the Q2 will be available with three- and four-cylinder engines ranging from 1.0 to 2.0 liters, all borrowed from the Volkswagen parts bin. Front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission will come standard, and the list of options will include a dual-clutch automatic transmission and Audi's quattro all-wheel drive system. Whether the Audi's smallest crossover will spawn a sport-focused model with a S or a RS emblem on the hatch is anyone's guess at this point.

Audi has lifted some of the tech of its higher-end models for the baby CUV, including its virtual cockpit system, MMI and various other driver aids. The small footprint doesn't completely eliminate utility, as the hatch offers between 14 and 37 cubic feet of cargo room depending on the rear seat configuration.

The Q2 will go on sale in Europe before the end of the year, but it's unlikely to make the trip across the Atlantic due to its size.

Live photos by Ronan Glon.

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