Audi teases Geneva-bound 2016 Q2

Audi teases Geneva-bound 2016 Q2

Audi will introduce an entry-level crossover called Q2 at next month’s Geneva Auto Show.

The Q2 is built on Volkswagen’s modular MQB platform. While the teaser images do a good job of hiding the crossover’s overall design, we can tell that it’s characterized by a sharp rendition of Audi’s singleframe grille, T-shaped LED daytime running lights that are surprisingly Volvo-esque, muscular haunches, and a roof-mounted spoiler. An earlier sketch suggests it features allroad-inspired styling cues such as black plastic trim over the rocker panels and on the wheel arches as well as brushed aluminum-look trim up front.

Mechanically, the Q2 will be available with three- and four-cylinder engines borrowed from the Volkswagen parts bin. Front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission will come standard, and the list of options will include a dual-clutch automatic transmission and Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system. Whether the Audi’s smallest crossover will spawn a sport-focused model with a S or a RS emblem on the hatch is anyone’s guess at this point.

Stay tuned, Audi is expected to unveil the Q2 online a few days before the start of the Geneva show, and we’ll bring you live images of the soft-roader straight from the show floor in Switzerland starting on March 1st. The Q2 will go on sale in Europe before the end of the year, but it’s unlikely to make the trip across the Atlantic due to its size.