Audi has announced their upcoming entry-level crossover will in fact bear the “Q2” moniker.
There was a lengthy dispute between Volkswagen-owned Audi and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) regarding the use of the “Q2” nameplate as the latter owned the right to this moniker. Initially, FCA’s CEO Sergio Marchionne refused to allow Audi use Q2 for their baby crossover, but it seems the two automakers have reached an agreement and what used to be the Audi Q1 has now been officially confirmed as the Audi Q2.
The announcement was made by none other than Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management at AUDI AG for Technical Development, who told our colleagues at Indian Autos Blog the Q2 will be ready in time for the 2016 Geneva Motor Show set for next March. No further details were disclosed during the interview, but we know for sure the new high-riding model will use a shorter MQB architecture and will have FWD standard along with optional quattro for the beefier engines.
Word on the street says it will carry a starting price of approximately €25,000 and it will eventually receive SQ1 and RS Q1 versions. The former is set to employ a twin-turbodiesel 2.0-liter engine with 231 PS whereas the latter will get a 2.0 TFSI pushing out as much as 300 PS. A plug-in hybrid version is also planned, but it’s highly unlikely it will be launched right away.