Audi SQ2 in the works – report
The upcoming 2017 Audi Q2 baby SUV isn’t even in European showrooms yet – let alone Australian dealers – but a new report suggests a hotter SQ2 variant could soon appear.
UK magazine Auto Express reports that the German manufacturer is considering a go-fast Q2, possibly driven by the 2.0-litre turbo petrol in the Audi S3 and Volkswagen Golf R.
Stephen Knirsch, Audi’s board member for technical development, is quoted in the report, saying that an SQ2 “is something [they’re] looking at. It would be relatively easy to do with MQB”.
“The Q2 shares a lot with the A3, but we have to see what appetite there is for the more expensive Q2 models first.”
Already confirmed for the European Q2 line-up is a range of six turbocharged petrol and diesel engines – however, Australian specifications are yet to be confirmed.
If it makes it to production, the SQ2 would join the brand’s growing line of performance SUVs, which already includes the RS Q3, SQ5 and soon-to-be-released SQ7.
Another rumour reported by Auto Express is the possibility of an even more powerful version of Audi’s tiny SUV, possibly powered by the same 270kW/465Nm five-pot turbo that already does service in the RS3 and RS Q3 Performance.
With the regular Q2 range still yet to go on sale globally, it would at least be a year or so before any kind of hotted-up Audi Sport variant hits the road, so don’t expect the SQ2 to debut until late-2017 or early 2018.
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