At Audi’s Annual Press Conference 2018, the company confirmed that it will be focussing mainly on SUVs, which isn’t surprising. However, the conference also brought confirmation of a hotted up version of the company’s smallest SUV, the Q2, creating the Audi SQ2.
Not much more is known about the SQ2 at this stage, but as the Q2 is based on the same MQB platform as the Audi S3, it’s a safe bet that the turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder already found in the Q2 2.0TFSI will make way for the same 2.0-litre turbo four as found in the Audi S3.
They’re basically the same engine anyway, but with detail changes to handle the extra grunt. It will also feature all-wheel-drive via Audi’s quattro system and the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission will carry over from the S3 as well.
Clearly, the SQ2 will receive suspension and brake upgrades (and most likely be lowered by around 15-20mm compared with the Q2), as well as interior detail changes and more sports focussed gearbox calibration.
But that leaves a possible gap in the lineup at the top for a stonking RS Q2 to receive the bonkers 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbocharged engine as found in the TT RS, and RS Q3.
Test mules of the SQ2 have already been spied running around Germany with camouflage front and rear, though the grille is clearly from the S parts bin.
Expect to see the SQ2 later in the year, perhaps at the Los Angeles motor show.
The new, hot crossover will follow the much larger Audi Q8 which will be shown in Shanghai in June. Also in the pipeline is the new Audi Q3.
Also revealed as part of the press conference was that China will be getting long-wheelbase versions of the Q2 and the Q5, suiting the Chinese requirement to be driven in the back of a luxury SUV, rather than to be up front driving themselves.
Peter Mertens, Member of the Board of Management, also revealed that of the first batch of electric vehicles (EVs) produced by Audi, most would be SUVs.
“By 2025, every other Audi delivered to a customer will be an SUV,” said Mr Mertens. “Without revealing too many details: The first five electric cars from our brand will include two sports utility vehicles and two sports activity vehicles.”
In the same press conference, Mertens revealed that through 2018 and 2019 Audi would release 11 new versions of existing, or completely new Q models.