China’s increased demand in long wheelbase vehicles has made Audi consider the introduction of a stretched version of their Q2.
However, unlike most LWB models, if it gets the go-ahead it won’t be available solely at the People’s Republic, but will also be sold in India as well.
At least that is what AutocarIndia says, adding that its introduction could come as early as 2017. The publication claims that it will be powered by a 2.0-liter TDI diesel, which will be assembled locally.
No word from Ingolstadt, of course, and the tight timeline, along with the recent introduction of the regular Q2 and the not-that-much-larger Q3 already in its range makes us have some reservations. For the time being, Audi is keeping itself busy with the Q2, which made its world debut last month in Geneva. It is the smallest member of its SUV family, measuring 4,19 meters (13.7 ft) in length, 1.79 meters (5.9 ft) in width and 1.51 meters (5.0 ft) in height and riding on a 2.6 meters (8.5 ft) wheelbase.
Based on the MQB platform, it uses a wide range of three- and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, producing between 116 and 190 PS and a choice of either a standard 6-speed manual gearbox or an optional 7-speed S tronic dual-clutch, channeling power to the front or all four wheels in high-end versions. Order books for European markets will open this summer and deliveries will begin in fall.