Audi Confirms SQ2, New A1 And Other Models At Summit

During their annual press conference, Audi confirmed a host of new vehicles that will arrive later this year and in 2019.

Among them is the highly anticipated e-Tron GT, a proper Tesla Model S rival, as well as the range-topping member of the Q2 family, the SQ2.

Prototypes of what was believed to be the Audi SQ2 have been spotted testing  since mid-2016, but the performance crossover is almost ready for its big debut.

The automaker hasn’t announced when it will be unveiled or what will power it, but we could be looking at the same engine as the S3. The turbocharged 2.0-liter lump delivers 310 horses to the wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission in the S3.

In addition to the potent mill, the 2019 Audi SQ2 will also benefit from a host of visual updates. It will get different suspension tweaks too, along with other work carried beneath the body.

Audi is also replacing the A1 Sportback, which is being produced in Belgium pretty much unchanged since 2010, with a new generation. The supermini likely uses the same platform as the latest Volkswagen Polo, and will be followed by a hot S1 version.

For the Chinese market, Audi will offer long wheelbase versions of the Q2 and Q5. Referred to as ‘urban’ variants, these will be offered exclusively in the People’s Republic.

Among the 20 models that will be launched in 2018 and 2019 is the plug-in hybrid version of the new A8. The flagship saloon will also get a 12-cylinder model, but nothing else is known about it at this point.


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  • Richard Wakem

    Hopefully this time they will remember to design the display screen into the car and not just add it as an after thought

  • Toronado_II

    It is now so predictable and harmless. But in the not-so-distant past, such an illogical vehicle would have been a joke!

    • TheHake

      Why? A high-seated crossover with a power engine a joke? In the not-so-distant past they struggled with mechanical LSD’s and other expensive stuff. Now, with affordable electronic traction and stability control these type of vehicles are possible.

      • Toronado_II

        This mode is illogical: 1- The higher center of gravity decreases the stability of the vehicle and brings a false sense of security. 2- Loading space that is rarely greater than a station wagon. 3- Consumption of higher gasoline. 4- Luxury manufacturers who make affordable vehicles for those who could not afford it but who absolutely want to wear a prestigious logo. The amount required for this vehicle gives you access to a large selection. In my opinion, nothing better than a AWD sedan from a generic manufacturer. I will never understand the purchase of a X4, X6, GLE Coupe or a SQ2 to mention a few…

        • TheHake

          The center of gravity differs very little between this and an A3. Of course the A3 will handle better, but this has LOADS more room than an A3 because of the changed seating position, while being in the same ballpark length as an A4 (thus MUCH shorter than an A4). The Q2 actually had much better rear leg room than a station wagon A4 (again because of the seating position). If you choose the laying position of a sedan in contrast to the sitting position of a raised car, then it’s your choice. Other people choose differently. And looking at how well crossovers sell, MANY people are opting for that.

  • lagunas3ca

    Would look much nicer with fender flares instead of that indent.

  • fabri99

    I’m actually quite excited about the new A1. The previous model was quite nice and the 4WD S1 is a real gem.

    • TheHake

      Only the interior let it down a bit. If the new one has a similar interior to the new A3, it will be really nice.

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