Hot Audi SQ2 on the way

Audi Q2 Red front sky

The new Audi Q2 doesn’t arrive in showrooms until the end of the year, but Audi is already planning to up the excitement level on 2016’s must-have SUV.

An SQ2 model is likely to use the four-cylinder 2.0-litre turbo from the Audi S3 – with 296bhp and quattro four-wheel drive. It would slot into the maker’s growing SQ range of hot SUVs alongside the SQ5 and new SQ7.

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“It is something we’re looking at,” admitted Stephan Knirsch, Audi’s Board member for Technical Development. “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.”

Knirsch admitted that it might be possible to pay around €45,000 (£35,000) for a Q2 if all the option boxes were ticked. And with prices for the Q2 set to run close to those of the equivalent A3 Sportback, we’d expect the basic price of an SQ2 to be in the region of £33,000.

The new Q2 SUV already features the same Progressive Steering system as the S3, so adding that car’s drivetrain is a logical next step. However, Audi insiders have hinted that there may be even more power in the pipeline, possibly featuring the 362bhp five-cylinder engine from the RS3 – and the hot version of the Q2’s bigger brother, the RS Q3.

With 1.0 and 1.4-litre petrol or 1.6 and 2.0-litre diesel Q2s arriving in the UK at the end of this year, and a 188bhp 2.0-litre petrol coming next year, it’s likely to be some time in 2018 before we see the SQ2.