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Audi releases a new teaser video for its smallest SUV model, the Q2, which will go on sale later this year

The upcoming Audi Q2 has again been teased ahead of its official debut at the Geneva motor show next week.

Read our 2016 Audi Q2 1.4 TFSI 150 S tronic review here

The previous video (below) revealed a little more, showing the front of the car without disguise for the first time. Another showed the car's roof, though the video was shot from high overhead so no specific styling details were given away.

Recent teaser images were posted on an official Audi blog and show the new car under a sheet. While not giving away the car's styling, the Q2's prominent front badge and grille can clearly be seen, alongside thin LED daytime running lights.

Power for the Q2 is expected to come from three and four-cylinder versions of Volkswagen's latest petrol and diesel engines. VW's EA211 petrol engine is available in 1.0, 1.2 and 1.4-litre forms, while the latest EA288 diesel comes in 2.0-litre form.

Transmissions should include a standard six-speed manual, with VW's DSG transmission available as an option.

Audi could also launch a hybrid e-tron variant of the Q2 further down the line. The 201bhp hybrid powertrain already found in the A3 e-tron - which combines a 1.4-litre petrol engine with an electric motor - could be adapted for use in the Q2. A sporty variant possibly badged SQ2 and using the 228bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine found in the S1, also can't be ruled out.

Although natively front-wheel drive, Audi will also offer its quattro all-wheel drive system as an option.

The use of the sophisticated MQB platform and the fact it is built in Germany suggest the Q2 will be an upmarket machine with a price to match, rather than a cheaper, entry-level, model like the A1 supermini.

The current A1 range starts at £14,355 and rises to £19,565 for a top-end A1 Sportback while the larger Q3 starts at £25,380. Therefore, a starting price of around £20,000 for the Q2 seems likely, pitching the Q2 well against premium rivals like the £17,105 Mini Countryman.

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Audi is pitching the Q2 at younger buyers and insiders say it is a response to a demand for ever-smaller premium models. Indeed, the A3 has now surpassed the A4 as Audi’s biggest seller in the UK.

“A premium car is justified in this segment,” said one insider. “As volumes in segments such as these have gone up, so has demand for premium models in them."

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pauld101 29 February 2016

Sorry, nodded of there for a minute....

Sorry, nodded off there for a minute, very interesting, and I do realise the importance of clearly visible controls at night when one does the washing using night-time cheap rate electricity, but surely you set the timer with the lights on and then go to bed? More critically, no mention of how many wash programmes there are or whether the clothes actually came out whiter. Yes, I know it seems to have a digital control panel for programming it, but no mention of the spin speed? Does it have a variable spin cycle? Again, no mention of how quiet/noisy the spin dry cycle was? Is it hot fill, is it cold fill? This test simply doesn't go into any relevant detail at all. Is there a child safety lock fitted on the door? Was it easy to get the washing powder into the draw without contaminating the softener compartment. No mention whatsoever.
superstevie 16 February 2016

Wow! That's some teaser shot.

Wow! That's some teaser shot...
bol 12 February 2016

Looks alright with a bag over its head

But I imagine it will be a grumpy, aggressive looking thing when the cover comes off.