When Audi first said they were going to build a crossover smaller than the Q3, we thought that would be impossible. But when they revealed the Q2 four years ago, it proved to be quite a hit. Serving as the brand’s baby crossover, it offers SUV practicality with hatchback-size maneuverability.
After updating the crossover last year, the more powerful SQ2 has now been launched in Europe. Just like the standard Q2, Audi was busy giving their smallest, high-performance crossover a sportier appearance.
Beginning with the exterior, the Singleframe grille is finished in black and features massive honeycomb-like inserts. Meanwhile, new-style LED daytime running lights give the SQ2 a sleeker appearance. The front bumper even gets a minor revision thanks to larger faux air vents.
At the back, more faux air vents can be seen at the back, along with LED taillights that now have a darker tint. A pair of dual exhausts on either side, along with 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels, complete the sporty look of the 2021 SQ2.
Step inside, and the SQ2 greets occupants with high-quality leather and Alcantara-covered seats. Those that prefer something classier can opt for the Nappa leather finish. As with every Audi model on offer, the SQ2 also comes with a pair of digital displays. A 12.3-inch instrument panel, along with an 8.3-inch MMI infotainment display provides a high-tech cockpit. Amenities and features such as MMI navigation, Apple CarPlay, intelligent voice control, panoramic sunroof, Bang & Olufsen audio, wireless phone charging, as well as myAudi app are available on the 2021 SQ2.
Under the hood, the SQ2 is still powered by a 2.0-liter TFSI turbocharged inline-four. No changes were made to the engine as it continues to belt out an impressive 300 PS along with a healthy 400 Nm of torque. Power is then sent to all four wheels via the all-wheel-drive Quattro system and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The 2021 SQ2 can go from 0 - 100 km/h in only 4.9 seconds and can hit an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h. With that kind of performance figures, Audi also installed bigger disc brakes at the front and rear in order for the SQ2 to quickly shave off speed.
Audi is already accepting orders for the 2021 SQ2. There’s no word yet if Audi Philippines is already accepting pre-orders or reservations for the high-performance crossover. But since it’s already available in Europe, maybe it’s only a matter of time before the 2021 SQ2 makes its way to the Philippines.