The new Audi SQ2 – one to become star of the compact SUV class.
In new SQ2 modern design meets top-level driving experience. The engine is always a focal point in any Audi S, and the 2.0 TFSI in the SQ2 is no exemption to that rule. It produces 221 kW (300 hp) and 400 Nm (295.0 lb-ft) of torque, that translates to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 4.8s, and a top speed of 250 km/h (155.3 mph). The 1,984 cc engine responds instantly and pulls up to the redline at 6,500 rpm. In the dynamic mode, respond is even more direct, in duet with brief double-clutch S-Tronic transmission. The engine develops a sonorous sound while driving, it weighs only around 150 kilograms (330.7 lb), which benefits both weight and load distribution. Plenty of high-tech features hone the profile of the four-cylinder, both camshafts are adjustable to optimize fill and gas exchange. On the exhaust side, the Audi valvelift system (AVS) adjusts valve lift in two stages to ensure optimal flow to the turbocharger, in any rpm range. The advantages of this are agile engine response and a further increase of torque. The turbocharger develops its maximum boost of 1.4 bar (relative) very dynamically. Efficiency is also a major focal point, so even two electric-powered rotary valves regulate the coolant flow. To help the engine to warm up quicker the exhaust manifold integrated into the cylinder head. Another place to save energy and increase efficiency is a regulated oil pump that requires little drive energy. Under part load, the engine management system switches from direct injection to indirect injection into the intake manifold, which reduces particle emissions.
A seven-speed S tronic transfers all torque from the engine to road, it can work in automatic or manual mode. If the Audi drive select dynamic handling system is in “efficiency” mode, the clutch disengages when coasting, allowing the compact sport SUV to freewheel. From a residual speed of 7 km/h (4.3 mph), the engine already switches over to start-stop operation. Transmissions two clutches are in an oil bath, small, mechanically driven pump supplies them with oil, at high demand, a second, electric pump is activated, all for higher efficiency. Quattro all-wheel drive is standard in the SQ2, it brings both high traction and improved handling. Hydraulically actuated multi-plate clutch distributes torque continuously between both axles, if one loses grip, the multi-plate clutch transfers more torque to the other. The quattro drive’s electronic controller provides for the ultimate in driving enjoyment and safety. During sporty driving, under acceleration, the torque literally pushes the fast SUV into the curve. The quattro management system enables precise turn-in during load reversal and provides control and reliability when drifting on a low-friction surface. During fast driving, the quattro drive works together with the wheel-selective torque control, which smooths out the handling with tiny braking interventions at the inner wheels.The S sport suspension in the Audi SQ2 is 20mm lowered, to harmonize optimally with the dynamic powertrain. The steering ratio is more direct the further the wheel is turned,this reduces the steering angle needed and produces a sporty driving feel.
The design of Audi Q2 has very distinctive character, the wedge-like architecture and precise body line, the polygonal indentation on the flank and the blade on the C-pillar give it an unmistakable appearance. The S model is pushed even further, the front end indicates the special position occupied by the vehicle. Eight upright double bars divide the large Singleframe grille, a front splitter joins air inlets to underscore the full width of the front end. The standard LED headlights and LED rear lights with dynamic turn signals radiate a characteristic, arrow-shaped light signature. The trim strips in the lower region of the doors are strongly contoured, long roof edge spoiler provides extra downforce, the diffuser houses four exhaust tailpipes. The exterior color palette includes the standard ibis white and the optional colors ara blue, daytona gray, floret silver, glacier white, mythos black, quantum gray and tango red. Audi offers two packages as alternatives to the standard, with the black styling package, the Singleframe, the air inlet grilles, and the diffuser are finished in gloss black. The SQ2 exterior package also applies black styling to the mirror housings, the blade on the C-post and the tailpipe trims.
With a reduced drag coefficient of 0.34 and the vibration-optimized body the Audi SQ2 glides easily through the wind with low noise level onboard. Made of steel to combine strength with low weight Audi SQ2 body is rigid and safe. The Audi drive select system lets the driver choose between the profiles auto, comfort, dynamic, efficiency and individual. A button allows the driver to set the Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) to off-road mode. Audi Sport offers a choice of ten designs and sizes of wheels, 18-inch alloys with 235/45 tires are standard, 19-inch with 235/40 tires available as an option. The large wheel brakes measure 340 millimeters (13.4 in) in diameter up front and 310 millimeters (12.2 in) in the rear. They are particularly durable, and their calipers – have S badges. The Audi SQ2 has a length of 4,210 millimeters (13.8 ft) and a wheelbase of 2,594 millimeters (9.7 ft), allowing for a spacious interior. The luggage compartment has a volume of 355 to 1,000 liters (12.5 to 35.3 cu ft) depending on the position of rear backrests. Standard equipment includes sport seats, a front center armrest, automatic air conditioning, a sport multifunction steering wheel – optionally with paddles for the S tronic – and the driver information system with color display. The driver controls the fully digital instrument cluster via buttons on the steering wheel. The 12.3-inch display offers three different views, including a screen that places the tachometer front and center. The most important information is also visible in a head-up display. The interior design takes up the progressive, lines of the exterior and uses colors and materials to set sporty accents. The headlining, pillars and seat upholstery come standard in black. The decorative inlay on the instrument panel is matt brushed aluminum. The pedal caps and the footrest are made of stainless steel; the illuminated door sill trims up front sport S logos. The instrument dials are gray and the needles white. The MMI monitor and the display in the instrument cluster or Audi virtual cockpit show S-specific start screens when the ignition is switched on.
The seats of the Audi SQ2 come standard in a combination of leather and fabric. A leather/Alcantara mix or Nappa leather are options. Accent stripes, contrasting stitching in red and gray, plus embossed S logos round out the range. There are two options for the decorative inlay: a red anodized paint finish and the illuminated version “Format light graphics”. Other options include air vents with red interior rings and the flat-bottomed steering wheel with shift paddles. The SQ2 interior package bundles these three features: the vents with red rings, the two-color fine Nappa leather seats and the ambient lighting package with illuminated inlay. The infotainment range in the SQ2 covers a broad matrix, the MMI navigation plus with MMI touch, that has an 8.3-inch display, the data transmission module supports the LTE and includes a Wi-Fi hotspot for the passengers. MMI navigation plus also includes the Audi connect package, the Audi connect SIM, brings numerous online services on board, including traffic information online, navigation with Google Earth, travel and parking information. The free myAudi app connects the owner’s smartphone with the car. It enables such functions as online media streaming and transferring the calendar to the MMI. The infotainment range in the Audi SQ2 includes such components as the Audi smartphone interface. It integrates iOS and Android mobile phones with their Apple CarPlay and Android Auto environments into the MMI system. The Bang & Olufsen Sound System features a 705 Watt amplifier driving 14 speakers. Anodized aluminum clasps frame the woofers. LED light guides radiate white light.
The driver assistance systems for the Audi SQ2 pre sense front is standard and uses radar to recognize hazardous situations that can occur with crossing pedestrians or other vehicles in front of the car. The system warns the driver acoustically and visually and initiates emergency braking if necessary. The assist package bundles the most popular optional systems, including adaptive cruise control with stop & go function and the traffic jam assist, which in addition to the radar sensor also uses the front camera. At speeds up to 65 km/h (40.4 mph) on well-developed roads, it can assist with steering, accelerating and braking. Audi active lane assist helps the driver to stay in the driving lane. The optional park assist can automatically steer the compact sport SUV into parallel or perpendicular parking spaces. Cross traffic assist rear comes into play when the driver wants to reverse out of a perpendicular parking spot. Another assist function is Audi side assist. In conjunction with the radar sensor, it displays a visual warning in the respective exterior mirror to alert the driver of a potential hazard when changing lanes.