Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

A Break from the SUV Norm

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

A Break from the SUV Norm

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Byline: Brent Davison

IT'S HERE. Well, it's almost here, Audi's hippest, most happening car of the last five years, that is.

Forget R8 and TT, don't even think about Q7 and put A3 e-tron on the backburner because the new Q2, the German luxury car maker's smallest, coolest, cheapest and - dare I say, sexiest - SUV is going to zap them all.

How can I be so certain? Because all the signs are there, despite the fact the car is still some five months away from its national launch and despite the fact the car shown to Australia's motoring media was a pre-production, left-hand-drive version.

The signs are simply these: the car is proportionally gorgeous and is oh-so easy on the eye with lines that are a sweet mix of sharp angles and coupe styling and delicately sculpted scallop lines on the shoulders from the A-pillar to the C-pillar.

More signs? The price is right, the baby Audi starting at $41,100 (plus on-roads) when it lobs in February and the real clincher is that Audi Australia is already holding 200 firm orders and nothing says "success" like a bulging order book.

What will buyers get?

For starters, the Q2 is built using the Volkswagen Group's MQB platform, the structure underpinning (or set to underpin) almost every small VW, Audi and Skoda made and anyone who has driven the current VW Golf model will know just how absolutely sublime that platform is.

Australian buyers will initially be given a choice of two cars, a front-wheel-drive model powered by a 110kW 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine and an all-wheel-drive quattro model using a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel for propulsion.

A third variant, a quattro model running a 2.0-litre petrol engine, will join the model mix around the middle of 2017.

While Audi is yet to make public Q2's final detail it is known the small SUV will score a lengthy equipment list.

Expect it to debut with 17-inch alloy wheels, the company's MMI navigation unit, smartphone interface and reversing camera all standard.

Embracing the young

To give the car even more appeal to a younger demographic Audi will, for the first time, let buyers do a bit of customisation with the colour palette. …

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