Audi Q2 spied on the Nurburgring ahead of 2016 launch (24 pics)

Audi has returned to the Nürburgring for another round of tests with its upcoming Q2 petite crossover.

A couple of days ago we found out Audi managed to claim the “Q2” moniker for their smallest ever crossover which despite hiding its design with full camouflage on this prototype it is expected to look like a miniature Q7. Audi has been relatively quiet about their fourth Q member, but most likely it will use a shortened MQB platform and a series of three- and four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines.

The cheapest Q model ever will have a standard front-wheel drive layout, but expect the stronger motors to be teamed up with a quattro all-wheel drive system. Although it’s not even out yet, the Q2 is rumored to receive some spicy derivatives including an SQ2 with a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter twin-turbodiesel rated at 231 PS (170 kW) and even a flagship RS Q2 packing a 2.0 TFSI outputting an estimated 300 PS (221 kW). However, take this information with a pinch of salt as for the moment we’ll label this as purely speculation.

A more plausible report states there will be a plug-in hybrid version which makes sense taking into account Audi has been increasing its efforts in this segment, with the A3 e-tron quattro paving the way for a new era of greener cars with the four ring logo.

The standard versions of the Audi Q2 will show up March next year in Geneva and sales are expected to begin several months later, with the base model priced from a rumored €25,000.

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