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Audi Q2 to be released in November

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Will the Audi Q2 bring a new audience to the premium German brand?

Audi's sporty crossover is due in November this year. With an attractive, £22,000 starting price, the firm's intentions are clear. The Q2 is intended to bring in a more youthful consumer and those who have not previously owned an Audi. The Q2's design is indeed fresh and modern, with a wide range of paint colours and trim options and sporty touches such as a C pillar in a 'floating blade' style.

The Q2 was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year and joins Audi's three other Q models as the junior member of the gang, the smallest and cheapest. Audi will be taking orders from July ready for deliveries from November this year.

From Crosslane Coupe concept to Q2

A preview of the possible future Audi Q2 was seen a few years ago at the Paris Motor Show of 2012, in the form of the Crosslane Coupe concept. However the finished product is a more traditional and practical, five door interpretation of the SUV theme, rather than the coupe-esque two door concept. The Q2 is the first full project from Audi's new design chief Marc Lichte since his arrival at the firm in 2014, and demonstrates his distinct personal style.

The Audi for the youth crowd

The Q2 is slightly smaller than the A3 and Q3 models and uses lightweight construction techniques resulting in a kerb weight of 1,205kg. While Audi's current design language is obvious, the Q2 has been tasked - like the A1 - with attracting a new crowd, and so is more youthful in design than some of Audi's other products.

To this end it displays a chunkier silhouette and angular bonnet line. At first glance, the front is finished with the standard Audi grille but look closer and you'll notice a new honeycomb slat arrangement. There will be lots of options for customisation such as coloured trim inserts for the dashboard and a two tone roof. The Q2 refutes any criticism that Audis are dull and boring.

Apparently the initial design sketch was submitted by a junior, but the work was so impressive that Audi chief execs were determined to make a business case for the car. However it seems that some of the bolder exterior design touches caused some headaches for the quality control department, tasked with making design sketches a reality in pressed metal.

Audi Q2 options

UK buyers will be able to choose from painted bumpers, painted C pillars, alloys from 16-19 inches and alcantara, leather or cloth upholstery with contrasting piping. The Q2 cabin is reminiscent of the A3 but is laden with technology like the A4. Audi's Virtual Cockpit from the larger car will also be an option. The cabin can also be furnished with extras such as smartphone compatibility, a wireless mobile phone charger and a B&O sound system.

There's also an ambient lighting system of LEDs illuminating gaps in the fascia. Audi has yet to confirm standard specifications but all cars are expected to get Pre-Sense city braking, which is active at speeds up to 53mph.

On the road, the Q2 is spacious and comfortable even for four tall adults, although the boot is smaller than some rivals, so a 40/20/40 split fold arrangement to the rear seats is useful.

Details of the UK's engine range aren't yet clear but expect at least two each of the petrol and diesel varieties. Drivers will be able to choose from a number of different dynamic settings through variable damping or could go for a lowered sports suspension, and there should also be the option of Quattro four wheel drive for most variants. S and RS high performance versions are in the pipeline.

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