2016 Audi Q2 spy shots – Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
Audi this week outlined some critical investments in plant upgrades around the globe and as part of the outline the German automaker confirmed plans for the arrival of a new Q2 in 2016. The vehicle, already spied in prototype form, will be a sleek compact crossover smaller than the Q3 and based on the Volkswagen Group’s flexible MQB platform. VW will get its own version with a design inspired by 2014’s T-Roc concept.
The Q2 originally started life as the Q1 but only because the rights to the Q2 name were owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles [NYSE:FCAU], which previously used it for a front axle differential in some Alfa Romeo models. Something must have changed as now Audi is using the name.
The Q2 will make its world debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show next March. It will go on sale overseas by the end of 2016 but there are no plans to offer it in the United States, at least in the near term. Instead, we can look forward to a new generation of the Q5 small SUV which Audi has also confirmed for a reveal in 2016. This model has also been spied testing in prototype form on a number of occasions.
Audi e-tron Quattro concept, 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show
Note, the Q2 and Q5 represent just half of Audi’s new SUV program. Two more additions include a Q6 based on the e-tron Quattro concept unveiled earlier this year as well as a range-topping Q8. The Q6 will offer an all-electric option when it arrives on the market in 2018. The Q8 is expected to arrive around 2019. In total, Audi plans to have as many as 60 distinct models by 2020.
As for Audi’s investments, the automaker said it will spend more than 3 billion euros (approximately $3.3 billion) over the next year in capital expenditure. Half of the planned investment will take place at the German sites in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm.