New Audi Q2 SUV Preview
“The all-new Audi Q2 urban SUV will appeal to a new range of young and young-at-heart buyers,” said Andrew Doyle, Managing Director of Audi Australia.
The evolving designs within the automotive industry continue to innovate and evolve. Vehicles which were once quite small have become more roomie on the inside and others which were larger have been downsized to become more driver friendly.
Audi is definitely in the top group of car companies continuing to lead these changes and last week I was lucky to see what they had installed for the Australian market next, the Audi Q2, at Barangaroo, Sydney.
The Q2 is the newest member of the highly successful Audi SUV family that has been planned to arrive for delivery in Australia in February 2017 but is available to order now. Featuring a starting price of $41,100 (MLP), the Q2 will be the most attainable Audi SUV to hit the market.
With the very competitive price-tag, the Q2 will be equipped with an array of standard features including Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), MMI Navigation, Bluetooth and smartphone capabilities, voice control and parking system with rearview camera.
An additional feature available is the “Design line” styling package, including contrasting high-gloss elements and 17-inch alloy wheels or a high-value option package combining styling, technology, convenience features and driver assistance systems.
Available in three different engine options; entry level 1.4 TFSI model features fuel-saving Cylinder-on-Demand technology that shuts down two of the four cylinders under light throttle. The two other models will be offered with Quattro all-wheel drive, including a 2.0 TDI model and a 2.0 TFSI model.
The 1.4 TFSI and 2.0 TDI models both have 110kw with the diesel engine having an extra 90Nm of torque at 340Nm. The 2.0 TFSI model, on the other hand, will give out 140kw. All three models come with a seven-speed S Tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission as standard.
The design of the new Audi Q2 stands out from the crowd with its angular and edgy lines and large octagonal design grille. The low roofline descends into a long roof spoiler which is supported by contrasting ‘blades’ at the back “C” pillar. Another great feature on the body is the upgrade from plastic bumpers, which you will not see on this SUV.
The “virtual cockpit” has a great head-up display and driver assistance including the Audi pre sense plus (AEB) system recognises critical situations with other vehicles, as well as pedestrians crossing in front of the vehicle while driving at speeds of up to 85 km/h. If necessary, Audi pre sense plus can initiate hard braking – to a standstill – at low speeds. The lane-departure warning system Audi side assist, the lane-keeping assistant Audi active lane assist, and cross-traffic assist rear which supports the driver while reversing out of tight situations.
Audi’s intelligent, intuitive Multi Media Interface (MMI), an infotainment and navigation system, which can be operated by a rotary/push-button control and a touchpad on the central control element. In addition, the system can be conveniently controlled by voice. Audi Connect, Google Earth, and Google Search functionality, along with a Wi-Fi hotspot, enables surfing and streaming with Bluetooth connected mobile devices. A personal touch in the Q2’s interior is the LED interior lighting packages which will allow a person to change the colour of the dash control lights.