Audi’s upcoming compact SUV – previously known as the Q1 – will launch at the Geneva motor show next March, badged as the Audi Q2.
The car’s name change, revealed by Autocar India, is the result of Audi being able to secure the Q2 and Q4 names from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). Speaking to Autocar India, Audi R&D boss Ulrich Hackenberg said: “the production version will be called the Q2 and the Q1 will come later.”
That leaves the door open for an even smaller crossover model, based on the A1 supermini, to arrive after the Q2. The Q2 itself will be smaller than the existing Q3, and will be underpinned by VW Group’s MQB architecture. Hackenberg also noted the Q1 could be “less than four metres long” when it arrives next year.
Positioned a notch below the Q3, the Q2 will share its modular MQB platform with the A3, the Euro-spec Volkswagen Passat, and the seventh-gen Golf. An official teaser sketch (pictured) hints that it will borrow styling cues such as angular headlights and a hexagonal grille framed by a thick strip of chrome trim from other Audi crossovers such as the aforementioned Q3 and the Q7.
Power will come from three- and four-cylinder gasoline- and diesel-burning turbocharged engines sourced from the Volkswagen parts bin. Front-wheel drive will come standard, and Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system will likely be available at an extra cost on select models. It is too early to tell if a sport-focused SQ2 will see the light that awaits at the end of a production line.