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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Working through the Q2 illustrated pages it's possible to deduce quite a bit of product information even thought we are some way off a brochure.

For example it's clear that at launch there will be three trim levels:


Also at launch there will be 6 engine choices. 3 TFSI petrols and 3 diesels
"Launch program:
three TFSI and three TDI engines

Audi offers a selection of six engines for the Q2: three TFSI and three TDI engines whose power outputs range from 815 kW (116 hp) to 140 kW (190 hp). The engine program follows the principle of rightsizing. This is about striking 
the perfect balance between vehicle class, engine displacement, power output, torque and efficiency behavior in everyday conditions. Displacements of the engines in the Q2 range from 1.0 to 2.0 liters.

The following gasoline engines are available: the exceptionally efficient 1.0 TFSI (85 kW/116 hp) three-cylinder engine, the 1.4 TFSI (110 kW/150 hp) equipped with cylinder deactivation (COD: cylinder on demand) and the powerful 2.0 TFSI (140 kW/190 hp). Audi has developed a new combustion process for the latter, which enables the four-cylinder engine to realize the fuel economy benefits of a downsizing engine in part-load operation, while offering the benefits of an engine with large displacement at higher loads. This results in excellent efficiency and power behavior over the entire engine speed range.

The gateway to the diesel engines is the four-cylinder diesel with 1.6 liter displacement delivering 85 kW (116 hp). Positioned above this is the best-selling 2.0 TDI, available at two power levels - 110 kW (150 hp) and 140 kW (190 hp)."

Quattro as well as FWD "The quattro permanent all-wheel drive system is standard with the top TDI and the 2.0 TFSI. Customers can also choose quattro with the 1.4 TFSI COD and the 2.0 TDI with 110 kW (150 hp) - an attractive entry into the quattro world. The hydraulic multi-plate clutch with its electronic control transfers torque nearly entirely to the front wheels in normal driving, but it can redirect torque to the rear axle variably and lightning fast if necessary. This is how the quattro drive unites driving pleasure and driving safety, taking them to a new level. The torque vectoring system complements its performance.

The optional Audi drive select handling system lets the driver choose between four modes: auto, comfort, dynamic and efficiency. With the MMI radio, the individual mode is added. Audi drive select has an effect on vehicle systems, e.g. it influences the steering and gear shift characteristics, and on the optional chassis with adaptive damper control. The Q2 is also well-suited to off-road conditions with the ESC Offroad mode and 20 centimeters (7.9 in) of ground clearance."

So like the current SQ5 (and maybe other Audi models too, if you spec Drive Select and the high end MMI Navigation system then you can have an individual mode - probably preset the steering weight to 'Dynamic' even if not in Sport mode for example.

The ability to order Quattro on the 1.4 TFSI CoD engine is appealing, the 1.4 is a peach of an engine too.

Interior options
MMI navigation and virtual dash panel like the new Q7 and TT
Head-up display
B&O speaker system with LED grille surrounds
Interior lighting
Through-load in the rear seat

The largest wheel size the platform can handle is 19" (I'm not a fan of big wheels, to easy to scuff on curbs).

Exterior colours
Lots of new colours including an orange and a flat (matt) grey finish

I guess what puzzles me here is that for a vehicle that is supposedly a long way off going on sale there seems to be a lot of fairly detailed manufacturer produced product information - too much even. Audi often have a model change over window around week 22 of each year so end of May/beginning of June. One could take an educated guess that the order book will open around that time and on a 12 week order cycle maybe end of September beginning of October for deliveries - will be interesting to see what appears in the next couple of months.

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Hopefully Audi will have a detailed sales brochure by then? My major concern is, and going on past experience, there will be no Q2's to test drive before ordering. If this is the case I will revert to my original plan and buy a Sportback. It annoys me all this drip feeding of information from car manufacturers. The car has been exhibited now get on with the marketing at least and firm dates. Sorry that's the German in me I'm afraid.

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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
Yeah, I know what you mean there. I had a Sportback on order and cancelled it in favour of waiting for a Q2, Audi have confirmed that the order book will open in July so that's when the brochure will be available too.

My logic for cancelling the Sportback in favour of a long wait for the Q2?

1) The greater ground clearance is useful for my main hobby (clay shooting)
2) I love the virtual dash display in the TT/A4/Q7 also available in the Q2
3) The Q2 has the technology/features and interior that the next generation of A1 will almost certainly get
4) If I ordered a Sportback now then it would be here in June and by November when the 1st Q2s are on the road and it would feel so 'yesterday'
5) Audi will get the design right first time, even without a test drive I know it will be good to own - they are very good at this sort of thing
6) The Q2 will be an outstanding success for Audi (right vehicle/right time) and I wouldn't be at all surprised if within a few weeks of being on sale the lead-time will be 12-18 months just as happened with the Porsche Macan so the residual values will be outstanding

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I think if you can wait - i.e you're not desperate for a car in the next few months then you should hold off. I know if you're like me you'll regret it and be driving something for the next few years you don't really want....

I also think if you don't get in early, there will be a long wait. I've seen it happen with other dealers, not sure about Audi but if you order and configure your Q2 and then test drive one afterwards you are usually OK to cancel if you're not 100% happy with it. (I guess they can easily sell your build on to someone else..)

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Here is the full press release from Audi, just released this week and it details a few more things:

Different strokes have defined a sharp and progressive new look for the new Audi Q2, the fourth member of the highly successful Audi Q family which makes its world public debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Head of Audi Design Marc Lichte and his team have taken the compact SUV in a bold new styling direction designed to appeal to a younger audience, and have combined this with a quality of finish and a portfolio of connectivity, infotainment and assistance systems that will be instantly familiar from the larger Audi models.

"In the Audi Q2 we have developed a distinctively geometric form language with model-specific design characteristics. The car exhibits an independent character within the Q family," says Lichte.

Rugged look
The result: a powerful SUV that shows a lot of vertices and edges. At the front, a strong image is created by the high-mounted Singleframe grille in octagonal design as well as the large air inlets. Especially eye-catching is the low roof that descends and merges into the C-pillars with colour offset blades. The rear body terminates in a dynamic way with a long roof spoiler and a diffuser that has an underbody-protection look.

In profile, the high shoulder line is especially eye-catching as are the concave flanks in the door area. The latter emphasise the wheel housings and thereby the quattro character of the compact SUV. The vehicle measures 1.51 metres tall and 1.79 metres wide. The overhangs are short with a vehicle length of 4.19 metres and a wheelbase of 2.60 metres.

Technology from further up the range
Along with the optional Audi virtual cockpit and the head-up display, the driver assistance systems for the Audi Q2 also come from the larger Audi models - including the Audi pre sense front that is standard. The system recognises critical situations with other vehicles as well as pedestrians crossing in front of the vehicle, and if necessary it can initiate hard braking - to a standstill at low speeds. Other systems in the line-up: adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go function, traffic jam assist, the lane-departure warning system Audi side assist, the lane-keeping assistant Audi active lane assist, traffic sign recognition and rear cross-traffic assist.

Highly connected
The Q2 is equipped with a standard MMI screen that is positioned high on the instrument panel. The infotainment system can be operated by a rotary/push-button control and two buttons on the centre tunnel. When MMI navigation plus with MMI touch is ordered, the user also gets a touchpad on the central control element. In addition, the system can be conveniently controlled by natural language operation and the integrated MMI search. A Wi-Fi hotspot enables surfing and streaming with mobile end devices. Furthermore, customers can use MMI touch to query the online services of Audi connect. The flat rate data plan required for this is included thanks to the SIM card (embedded SIM) that is permanently installed in the car. It also permits roaming in most European countries. Cell phones with iOS and Android operating systems are integrated into the car via the Audi smartphone interface. The free Audi MMI connect app enables online media streaming and transfer of a calendar from a smartphone to the MMI. The app for iOS operating systems also has the myAudi destinations function. It makes it possible to send the data of a desired navigation destination from any app to the MMI navigation plus system. The system then uses it for navigation.

Simply functional
The Q2 fulfils the fundamental expectations of an SUV with a high entry, good visibility and a large luggage compartment (405 to 1,050 litres of capacity), yet the driver's seat position is low in relation to the steering wheel as in an Audi saloon. Optional practical solutions are available such as a power tailgate and a three-way split rear bench backrest with cargo through-loading.

Individual customisation
The Audi Q2 is as individual as its drivers - inside and out. Many equipment packages, exterior colours and expressive colours for interior trim and seat upholstery allow plenty of creative space for personal configuration. One option is the LED lighting package, in which the interior is staged in a particularly attractive way with illuminated trim elements. Newly designed 17-inch alloy wheels are fitted as standard, and can be optionally increased to 19 inches upon request.

Drivetrain and chassis
The Q2 is launching in the UK with a selection of five different engines. Along with a 1.0-litre three-cylinder TFSI, two four-cylinder petrol engines are being offered with 1.4 and 2.0 litres of displacement (2.0-litre TFSI to follow in 2017). In addition, two four-cylinder diesel engines will be available with 1.6 and 2.0 litres of displacement and outputs of 116PS and 150PS. As an alternative to the six-speed manual transmission, Audi also offers the S tronic dual clutch transmission with seven speeds for all engines. In the 2.0 TFSI, a newly developed dual-clutch transmission is used which has a new type of oil supply and reduced friction. The 150PS TDI engine can be combined with quattro permanent all-wheel drive, and the system is standard in conjunction with the 2.0 TFSI engine.

Installed at the rear on the front-wheel drive versions is a semi-independent suspension, while the quattro models have a four-link suspension. Progressive steering is standard in all versions. It varies the steering gear ratio as a function of the steering input; the ratio is made more direct with large steering movements. Adaptive dampers are available as an option, as is the Audi drive select system with which drivers can set an individual characteristic for their Q2.
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