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Tiny and mighty: Audi unleashes the 300 horsepower SQ2

Tiny and mighty: Audi unleashes the 300 horsepower SQ2 image

Marcus De Guzman / Audi | October 02, 2018 08:15

The most powerful Audi Q2 to date has been revealed

Prefer your mini SUV from Audi to have more get-up and go? Audi has what you're looking for in the all-new SQ2. Essentially a boosted Q2, this fire-breathing Audi gets a more powerful engine, a more striking exterior and interior, and better overall handling and stopping power.

Beginning with the its exterior, the front fascia gets a sportier and more aggressive design. The Singleframe grill is painted black and comes with vertical slats instead of horizontal styling cues. Even the grill surround is finished in black instead of chrome which further gives it a more menacing look. Also getting an aggressive makeover is the front bumper which comes with the same blacked-out finish and new honeycomb intakes. Topping it all off is a new front splitter which improves airflow.

Besides having a sportier front, Audi was also busy changing up the rear. The bumper is fitted with a rear diffuser, along with four exhaust pipes. Meanwhile, a huge spoiler makes its home atop the SQ2 which aids in delivering additional downforce. Shod in the wheel wells are stylish 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 235/45 series tires. But for those that prefer something bigger, the SQ2 can be had with 19-inch alloys with 235/40 rubber.

Inside, the SQ2 is upholstered in a combination of leather and fabric as standard. Available as an option, however, are leather-Alcantara and Nappa leather finishes. The pedals, footrest and door sill plates, on the other hand, are all finished in stainless steel. Like all other Audis, the SQ2 is also available with the 12.3-inch virtual cockpit display. It replaces the traditional gauges with a wide screen that can show navigation, points of interests, multi-info display, instrument panel and other menus. Apart from that, an optional heads-up display can also be specified for the all-new SQ2.

Other infotainment features available for the SQ2 include: MMI navigation plus, myAudi app which can transfer contacts, online media streaming and calendar details to the onboard system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system,

At the heart of the SQ2 is not a 1.0-liter TFSI motor. Instead it gets a 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine. It produces an impressive 300 PS along with a gut pulling 400 Nm of torque that's available from 2000 – 5200 rpm. Power is then sent to all four wheels via the quattro system, and seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission. It can go from 0 – 100 km/h in a mere 4.8 seconds and reach an electronically-governed top speed of 250 km/h.

With a more powerful engine, Audi also equipped the SQ2 with equally powerful brakes. The front axle gets 340mm discs while the rear is fitted with 310mm discs. Besides having better stopping power, Audi also lowered the SQ2's suspension by 20mm as well as tweaked the steering for sharper handling. Speaking of handling, the SQ2 also features Audi's drive select dynamic handling system which allows drivers to choose between five modes: Auto, Comfort, Dynamic, Efficiency and Individual.

A wide array of safety features and driver assist systems are also available in the all-new SQ2. The list includes adaptive cruise control with stop & go, park assist, traffic jam assist, pre-collision warning, rear cross traffic alert and blind spot monitoring.

The 2019 Audi SQ2 will be making its official debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. First customer deliveries will begin in early next year.