Audi is one of the top selling automotive company in the luxury segment competing with BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar and Volvo. Audi has always been known for its design and looks, making it just distinct from others. It is still a secret how Audi manages to pull of such elegant designs. Audi has always been super ahead in terms of technology, let that be through segment leading features or class apart looks. Audi has brought in cars to each and every premium segment with some being the segment leaders. The R8 is one of the most sold sports car ever making Audi a no-competition leader in that class. Audi’s SUV line up has always been fascinating and fully loaded with technology and not to forget, the Q7 is the segment leader in the premium SUV range and has sold the most number of pieces competing against the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLS and the Volvo XC90 and is also called as the ‘Bollywood Car’ in India.
Now, Audi has unveiled the Q2 in India, an urban SUV which was launched in other countries in mid-2016, it almost took 3 years for Audi to get in the Q2 to Indian market. After the Q3’s popularity and sales in the Indian market, it is not going to be much different with the Q2 as it will be more cheaper and technology loaded with the same seating space and an SUV feel, which the Indians like a lot. Although, the Q2 will be an inch smaller than Q3, it won’t be significantly visible in person. The Q2 will not have a direct competition, although it could be compared with the Jeep Compass, Hyundai Tucson, Mercedes-Benz GLA, BMW X1, making it a difficult place to be in, as all the above mentioned cars have their mark in the market. It will be on Audi how they will price the Q2 in the Indian market which will decide the fate of the Q2.
On the outside, the Q2 is compact SUV measuring 4191mm, which means, it sits between the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara and the Renault Duster in terms of length and for that matter, the overall size seems a bit small. Although, the Q2 looks its part as an SUV with the big hexagonal front grille and a chunky air vent sitting below it. The projector headlamps have integrated LED DRLs. The scuff plate below the air vent, the skirt cladding around the car and another bash-plate on the rear bumper add Brutality to the SUV. The side profile is estate-like with the large wheels and flared wheel arches giving it the SUV feel everyone wants. It will have the signature dynamic swipe interiors all the Audi’s have which make it look more distinct. From the rear, the Q2 might get mistaken for a hatchback due to its low-sitting rear, the rear also comes with a wiper on the windshield, Dual exhaust set-up and a boxy tail lamp.
Well, it is an Audi and the interior will be luxurious. Being an entry-level car, the equipment list will be slightly compromised, but dual-zone climate control, cruise control, power seats, electrically operated wing mirrors and an optional sunroof will be available. The interior is dressed in black and gets body coloured highlights. The infotainment system gets a display screen that sits on the dash, above the round AC vents. The twin-pod instrument cluster is bright and colourful and is one of the best in business. The rest of the interior is same as the Q3 but with a more compromised leg room and head room.
The Audi Q2 is offered with a variety of engine options globally. But in India, it may have the popular 2.0-litre TDI with the 148bhp setup with an optional Quattro all-wheel-drive. There is also a chance of the 1.6-litre four cylinder making a debut in Audi cars in India. As for the petrol options, it may get the 1.4-litre TSI from the Jetta working under the Audi hood. All the engines will be mated to the seven-speed S-Tronic dual clutch gearbox.
The Audi Q2 is expected to launch at the end of this year making it one of the most anticipated cars of the year in India. The pricing of the Q2 will be anywhere between RS 28-40 lakh mark, making it a bit cheaper than the Q3 but not as cheap as some of its competition. How many of you are waiting for the Q2 to hit the Indian roads and make a mark?