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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
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2 mins read
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 SQ2 has now been revealed - take a look here

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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Andrew Lee 13 December 2017

Clunky

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...

Lapps 13 December 2017

Bangle?

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

xxxx 13 December 2017

Q2

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

Bristolbluemanc 14 December 2017

Overpriced

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.