The new Audi SQ2 is now available to order in Europe, with the German company revealing all the details of its new high-performance compact SUV.
Power comes from a revised 2.0-liter TFSI engine producing 296hp (300PS) and a constant 295lb-ft (400Nm) of torque between 2,000 and 5,200rpm. Paired to a seven-speed S-Tronic dual-clutch transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive, the new SQ2 can catapult itself to 62mph (100km/h) from rest in just 4.8 seconds. Top speed is limited to 155mph (250km/h).
The exterior of the new Audi SQ2 features a model-specific front grille with eight upright bars, more aggressive bumpers, a front splitter, contoured trim strips low on the sides, a roof spoiler and a rear diffuser that compliments the four exhaust tailpipes.
Audi will offer two exterior packages to SQ2 customers as an alternative to the standard specification; the black styling package, which adds details finished in gloss black, and the SQ2 exterior pack, which adds more black detailing and features a specially contoured roof spoiler along with special ‘Quattro’ logos on the doors.
As standard the new Audi SQ2 will ride on 18-inch alloy wheels shod in 235/45 tires; a set of 19-inch wheels with 235/40 tires are optional. The brakes measure 340mm in diameter up front and 310mm in the rear. The chassis sits 20mm (0.8 inches) lower than the standard models, with the adaptive steering being tuned specifically for the SQ2, featuring a specially geared rack for more direct responses.
The interior features Audi’s usual S treatment, meaning sport seats and steering wheel, more vibrant color accents mixed with sportier-looking materials like matt-brushed aluminum and an optional 12.3-inch instrument cluster with a model-specific screen mode that brings the tachometer front and center. Customers also benefit from an 8.3-inch MMI infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Voice control, LTE and Wi-Fi hotspot among other.
The updated 2.0-liter TFSI features Audi’s two-stage valvelift system, which on the exhaust side ensures the optimal flow of the gases to the turbocharger, especially in low revs. This improves not just the torque, but also makes the engine more responsive.
Another standout feature is the engine management system’s ability to deactivate the direct fuel injection under partial loads, spraying fuel indirectly into the intake manifold which reduces particle emissions, while a particulate filter is also present.
The Quattro all-wheel drive system features a hydraulically operated multi-plate clutch which constantly shifts torque between the axles, having the ability to transfer up to 100 percent of the torque to the rear wheels within milliseconds.
First customer deliveries in Europe are expected to take place in early 2019.