Hotter crossover is likely to use the S3’s 296bhp engine; flaunts quad exhausts and black exterior trim

An Audi SQ2 development mule has been spotted testing at the Nürburgring, revealing what the production version of the hot crossover could look like when it arrives sometime in 2018 or 2019.

The SQ2 will follow the form of the rest of Audi’s S range by boasting more power and sportier design features than the standard model it is based on. These new spy pictures suggest that the changes will include quad-exit exhausts, a more prominent rear diffuser, a black front grille and black bumper trim.

The regular Q2 doesn’t go on sale until November this year, but today’s pictures confirm Audi is already far into development of a hotter version, which is expected to feature the same turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine as the S3. In that hot hatch, it produces 306bhp, but insiders expect the crossover’s peak output to hover around the 295bhp mark.

With this output, the SQ2 would outpunch sporty rivals such as the 208bhp Mercedes GLA 250 AMG Line.

Pricing is a long way off being confirmed, but given that the regular Q2 will sell from around £26,000, it seems likely that the SQ2 will be priced from about £35,000.

RS Q2

Insiders think an even faster Q2 will join later on into the model’s production lifetime, likely badged as an RS Q2 and utilising power from the same turbocharged five-cylinder engine as the RS3. In that car as much as 362bhp is on offer, giving some idea of how potent the RS Q2 could be.

A standout rival for such a car would be the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45, which produces 376bhp and is priced from £44,860.

Our Verdict

Audi Q2

Audi downsizes its Q-badged SUV line-up by one more notch, but can the Q2 drive inspire buyers to forgo the Seat Ateca and Mini Countryman?

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15 June 2016
Or just buy a Golf R. Cheaper, more efficient, better looking, better to drive. SUVs are a con trick that boosts profitability for manufacturers but offers the owner nothing tangible in return.

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