Hot crossover is likely to use the S3 hot hatch’s turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine; flaunts quad exhausts and black exterior trim
Sam Sheehan
13 December 2017

Audi Sport's engineers are working on an SQ2 performance crossover that is due for launch next year as an alternative to the Volkswagen T-Roc R.

The SQ2 will follow the form of the rest of Audi’s S range with more power and sportier design features than the standard model it's based on. Recent spy pictures suggest that the changes will include quad exhausts, more prominent bumpers, a black front grille and extra black trim.

The hot version of the Q2 is expected to feature the same turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine as the S3 hot hatch. In that car, it produces 306bhp, but insiders expect the crossover’s peak output to hover around the 295bhp mark.

The T-Roc R will be a key rival when it lands next year, although the two cars, which come from the same stable, will be given different characters to ensure they appeal to different buyers. 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.

Price hikes attached to models like the S3 suggest the SQ2 could be priced from about £35,000, making it close to £15,000 more expensive than the cheapest Q2 variants.

Sales for SUVs have continued to surge in recent months, with the segment bucking the trend of a shrinking market and representing a third of all registrations across the region. Performance variants have also seen growth, suggesting the SQ2 will land in a buoyant market.

RSQ2

Insiders think an even faster Q2 will join later on into the model’s production lifetime, likely badged as an RSQ2 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 RSQ2 could be.

A standout rival for such a car would be the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45, which produces 375bhp.

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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.

13 December 2017

Shame they don't make one fast enough that it is impossible to see. 

Agree S3 or Golf R do it so much better. Also dilutes the S and R (T-roc when they do that) brands into pointlessness.

Another silly crossover.

Spanner

13 December 2017

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.

I do agree the golf is far better looking,but to say suvs offer nothing tangible in return is not true,I have had suvs coming up to two decades now and where I live its the only car that will get up our drive in the winter (our drive is on a hill and is 150 yards long with sharp bend) and if wet always turns to ice and can take days to thaw.I have also had golfs and audi-bmw front and rear drive with winter tyres and still those cars slide in to banking on drive.

13 December 2017
X1X3 wrote:

I do agree the golf is far better looking,but to say suvs offer nothing tangible in return is not true,I have had suvs coming up to two decades now and where I live its the only car that will get up our drive in the winter (our drive is on a hill and is 150 yards long with sharp bend) and if wet always turns to ice and can take days to thaw.I have also had golfs and audi-bmw front and rear drive with winter tyres and still those cars slide in to banking on drive.

So what exactly will a AWD Q2 offer over a Golf R (which has exactly the same drivetrain) in this instance other than a slight increase in ride height?

13 December 2017
legless wrote:

So what exactly will a AWD Q2 offer over a Golf R (which has exactly the same drivetrain) in this instance other than a slight increase in ride height?

 

That slight increase in ride height (I'd guess at 5cm or so) would be enough for me - the R is too low for some of the country tracks I use. I don't need an on-stilts offroader, but I do need a decent bit of ground clearance.

14 December 2017
Sporky McGuffin wrote:

legless wrote:

So what exactly will a AWD Q2 offer over a Golf R (which has exactly the same drivetrain) in this instance other than a slight increase in ride height?

 

That slight increase in ride height (I'd guess at 5cm or so) would be enough for me - the R is too low for some of the country tracks I use. I don't need an on-stilts offroader, but I do need a decent bit of ground clearance.

Easier to get in and out of, more of a family car, alot more relaxing to drive because of visibility, bigger more practical boot. Although it is less of a track car than the Golf R 

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

13 December 2017

Not sure if it's my eyesight or not but I hardly see any Q2's, which doesn't surprize me as it got alot of stick when released.

As to a SQ2, I can't see it helping sales

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

14 December 2017
xxxx wrote:

Not sure if it's my eyesight or not but I hardly see any Q2's, which doesn't surprize me as it got alot of stick when released.

As to a SQ2, I can't see it helping sales

The Q2 is grossly overpriced. There are better cars available in that sector.

13 December 2017

Has Chris Bangle come out of retirement and joined Audi? A lot of recent models have his trademark “unneeded lines and corners”.

13 December 2017

I've seen very few Q2s on the road. Maybe it just doesn't look SUV enough? Or quirky enough (despite those odd side 'folds'). But somehow I find myself liking its hunkered-down rear aspect, oversized grille and overall clunkiness (especially in battleship grey). I must be sickening for something...

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