Get used to seeing headlines with ‘e-tron’ in them because it seems as if Audi can’t stop pumping new models out. It’s a good thing, as the brand is trying to become one of the world leaders in electromobility, but it’s hard to keep up with all of the news. For instance, some new spy photos have just surfaced of the Audi Q2 e-tron doing some testing in the snow. (We don’t own the photos but see them at Motor1)
Don’t mistake this for a plug-in hybrid variant, though. Those are no longer branded as ‘e-trons’ but rather TFSI-e models. Instead, like all e-trons, this Audi Q2 e-tron is going to be a fully-electric crossover. No official word on power, range or charge speed just yet but it’s rumored that it will have around 500 km (310 miles) of range. That would make it better than the current crop of e-tron vehicles. Though, it is smaller and lighter.
In these photos, you can also tell that this is a fully-electric e-tron model and not a hybrid, due to its virtually closed-off front grilles and lack of additional charge port at the front. If it were a hybrid, it would still have a gasoline engine under the hood, requiring an open grille. This car lacks that so it seems to lack a combustion engine altogether.
There’s been word that the Audi Q2 e-tron will only be available in the Chinese market and that seems likely. While the Q2 e-tron seems like a good car that most customers could get behind worldwide, the Chinese market is in desperate need of compact electric vehicles with large back seats and cargo space. There’s also word of a Q2L e-tron, a longer-wheelbase model. So it makes perfect sense for China, while the awesome looking Audi Q4 e-tron will have to suffice for the rest of the world. Bummer.