Audi Q2 launched in PH with a 1.0-liter engine

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by Jason Dela Cruz | Jul 20, 2017

PGA Cars, the authorized distributor of Audi in the country, has just launched the newest and the smallest member of the Q lineup: the Q2. To highlight the car’s youthful character, a cartoon- and graffiti-like campaign surrounds Ingolstadt’s latest offering.

As a Q model, it sports a similar silhouette as the Q3, Q5, and the Q7, with the roof flowing toward the C-pillar. A roof spoiler underlines the crossover’s sportiness further. The most striking feature of the Q2, however, is Audi’s signature blade in contrasting colors at the rear section (Manhattan Gray for the Design variant and Matte Titanium for the S-line). An interesting design aspect on the sides is a recessed section on the doors just below the window line. Up front is a new octagonal Singleframe grille. The Design variant sports 17in, while the S-line has 18in ones.

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The Q2 is 4.19m long (200mm shorter than the Q3), 1.79m wide, 1.51m tall, with a wheelbase of 2.6m. Short overhangs emphasize the car’s agility.

Audi’s smallest crossover comes equipped with a 5.8in MMI display and ambient lighting in various colors. Cargo space is 405 liters and can be increased to 1,050 liters with the rear seats folded down.

The launch model is powered by a 1.0-liter TFSI three-cylinder engine, delivering 116hp at 5,000-5,500rpm and 200Nm at 2,000-3,500rpm. It’s mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. There is no word yet if we’ll be expecting a 2.0-liter TDI.

The youngest model in the Audi lineup has already been awarded “Excellent Production Design—Transportation” in the German Design Award, “Best of the Best” award in the Automotive Brand Contest 2016, and best “Compact Vehicle” in the Golden Steering Wheel awards.

Prices start at P2.78 million. Colors available are Glacier White, Quantum Gray, Mythos Black, Ara Blue, Misano Red, Coral Orange, and Vegas Yellow.

Our driving impressions will follow as soon as a demo unit is available.

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UPDATE as of June 11, 2018: If you are familiar with motorsports history, you will know that Audi has a very rich racing heritage that goes all the way back to when the company was called Auto Union. But let’s not turn the pages too far back. During the ’80s, one of Audi’s most iconic race cars was the Audi 90 Quattro IMSA GTO. The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) was the place to see racing prototypes in action, and for one very brief season, the Audi 90 Quattro kicked ass. You can read more about that car here. Anyway, we bring this up because during the launch of the of the Audi RS5, Audi Sport GmBH certified driving instructor Christoph Klapper mentioned how certain design cues on the all-new model are homages to that famous race car. “The RS5 is special because everything is improved,” says Christoph. “From the driver’s perspective, there is less weight up front and that means the tendency to understeer is reduced, and that makes driving safer at the limit. My favorite is the design, because it looks really aggressive, and there is good feedback at the limit, so you know what counter measures and adjustments need to be done. It is very safe.”

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