The powerful 304hp Audi SQ2 coming globally
Hot performance crossover to arrive in 2018 as an alternate to the Volkswagen T-Roc R; likely to use the S3 hot hatch’s engine – flaunts quad exhausts and black exterior trim. The upcoming SQ2 will follow the form of the rest of Audi’s S range with more power and sportier design features than its previous standard model. Changes to the model over the standard Q2 will include quad-exhausts, more prominent bumpers, Extra-black trim and a black front grille. The faster version of the Q2 is expected to be powered by the same 2.0-litre, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine as the S3. In the hot hatch, it generates 310hp, but insiders assume the crossover’s highest horsepower to hover around the 300hp-mark.
The T-Roc R will be its main rival when it arrives in international markets in 2018. Although the two models are from the same stable, they will have altered characteristics to make sure they appeal to various audiences. The SQ2 will likely continue to be marketed as a ‘trendy’ offering, while recent comments from Volkswagen chassis boss Karsten Schebsdat suggest the T-Roc R will be more playful to drive. Insiders expect an even faster Q2 to join, later into the model’s production lifetime. It is probable to be badged as an ‘RSQ2’ and utilize power from the same turbocharged five-cylinder engine as the RS3. In that car, as much as 367-hp is on proposal which gives some idea of how potent the RSQ2 could be. A standout rival for such a car would be the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45, which produces 381hp.
The Audi Q2 has great potential in the Indian market should it arrive, though there is no word from Audi concerning a launch. However, with the German manufacturer testing the new and the in the country, these two models are more likely to arrive first.