The 2021 Audi Q2 could finally happen in the United States. The smallest model in the crossover lineup is quite popular in Europe, and it takes the slot under Q3. Spy photos are showing tests of prototypes with a lot of camos. So, the facelift will change the appearance and make the Q2 ready for new challenges. One of them is the US market.
The subcompact segment is not the fastest-selling category in the crossover/SUV segment. Still, the entry-level luxury model will be perfect for rookies. Also, the agility is making it perfect for commuting, especially if you live downtown. The Q2 is quick and you won’t have a problem with parking.
The crossover is on the market since 2017. Nevertheless, the German carmaker didn’t want to bring it overseas. Now, it is time for the mid-cycle update and prototypes are confirming big changes are on the way. We cannot see under the hood. However, the crossover offers three petrol and two diesel units.
2021 Audi Q2 Facelift Details, Dimensions
The 2021 Audi Q2 is 165 inches long. That is 10 inches shorter than the Q3. In China, we can find the Q2L model, which adds 2 inches in overall length. The weight of the crossover makes it easy to handle. After the facelift, Audi will cut some pounds, making the vehicle even lighter thanks to the usage of aluminum, carbon-fiber, and other modern materials.
Spy photographers caught test mules in the wilderness. Audi was exploring options, but the explosion of the coronavirus pandemic caused delays in development. Test mules seemed to be ready for production, with most changes hidden under the camouflage. Still, we will have to wait to see details without panels. Audi is not giving up on the plan and the all-new Q2 is going to be out in the last quarter of the year.
The spy photos are not showing what is happening inside the cabin. But, since a serious portion of changes is on the way, we can find clues looking at some other vehicles in the same rank. For example, Audi recently introduced the new A3 sedan and A1 Citycarver. Seating position should be higher, providing a better view from a driver seat. It will make the parking way easier. Since the company is producing luxury vehicles, we expect some of the latest technologies available right from the entry-level models. The most recent debuts are showing how functional interior could be. The 2021 Audi Q2 will definitely follow the example of Q3 and its larger siblings if it wants to succeed in the US.
2021 Audi Q2 Specs
There won’t be oil-burners in the United States if the 2021 Audi Q2 arrives across the ocean. Two such engines are available in Europe. The base configuration is using a 1.6-liter turbodiesel with four cylinders. This one creates 115 hp and 185 lb-ft (260 Nm) of torque. If you want more power, a 2.0-l displacement will come with 150 horsepower and 295 pound-feet, or 400 Nm of twist. A seven-speed automatic transmission is sending power to the famous Quattro AWD system.
A petrol lineup is even wider and the largest engine is also a 2.0-liter. In this case, you are getting more power (190 ponies), but less torque (320 Nm/235 lb-ft). Automatic transmission and four-wheel drive are there again, and the crossover reaches max speed of 140 mph with this setup. Lighter variants are 1.4-liter four-pot and 1.0-liter three-cylinder. The first one creates 150 hp and 185 lb-ft (250 Nm), while the smallest engine is good for 115 hp and 147 lb-ft / 200 Nm of torque.
Chinese and US Versions, Hybrid/EV
In China, the subcompact crossover is available slightly longer than the European model. We already mentioned the Q2L and its 2-inch extension. Also, we can hear that Audi is working on the electrification, so the hybrid drivetrain is about to debut soon. On the other hand, the EV is also in the game. The E-Tron technology is very popular and the German company wants to take advantage while other carmakers are still developing electric concepts. Such mini EVs will dominate the market since they are more affordable than larger SUVs. Sooner or later, electric motors will replace mills with internal combustion.
The Q2 EV will definitely be more interesting to US buyers. Chevrolet Bolt is on the way, and the Audi will take the offer to the new level with its luxury trims. Also, the company is developing the autonomous drive and driver-aid features, which can also debut on the upcoming model. Nevertheless, the subcompact crossover is not popular as its larger siblings, so we won’t see the electric motor under the 2021 Audi Q2, but rather in 2022 or 2023.