Audi is busy expanding its SUV lineup with as many models and derivatives as possible. The brand’s smallest crossover, the Q2, is no exception.
Following the SQ2 performance version revealed at the Paris Auto Show and the long-wheelbase Q2 L for China, we now have proof Audi is also working on an all-electric variant. Our photographers spotted an Audi Q2 e-tron prototype in Germany for the first time, confirming a report from earlier this year.
How do we know we’re dealing with an all-electric Q2? Well, the grille typical to e-tron models is a strong clue, as is the different design of the front bumper.
A closer look reveals that the upper half of the grille is closed since EV’s don’t need as much cooling as combustion-engined cars. As for the black boomerang-shaped plastic trims on each side of the front bumper, they probably hide the LED DRLs.
Another important hint is the lack of exhaust pipes at the rear. Still, some may argue that there are plenty of models with gasoline and diesel engines that have hidden or fake tailpipes.
Interestingly, the Q2 prototype’s roof is covered up with white foil. Why would Audi bother to do that? It might be because it’s trying to hide the Q2 e-tron’s solar panels. Solar cells give electric vehicles a much needed power supplement to help charge the batteries, extending driving range in the process.
There is no information at the moment regarding the Q2 e-tron’s powertrain and battery pack. However, rumor has it the driving range will reach up to 500 km (310 miles). The Q2 e-tron is also said to use the China-exclusive long-wheelbase body but based on these photos alone we can’t say if that’s true.
If the Q2 e-tron does feature the longer body of the Chinese model, will it be available outside China as well? Only time (and Audi) will tell.