296bhp sizzling SUV revealed

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The brand new Audi SQ2
Sizzling SUV takes on the BMW X2 M35i with engine from the Golf R and delicate exterior upgrades

Audi has revealed the SQ2 forward of its official debut on the Paris motor present, with 296bhp on faucet and an electronically restricted 155mph high velocity. 

The automobile’s 1984cc four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine is shared with the S3 and is intently associated to that of the Volkswagen Golf R and upcoming T-Roc R, in addition to the Seat Leon Cupra R. 

The SQ2’s powertrains options an similar quantity of torque as the Golf R with 295lb ft, and Zero-62mph is achieved in a claimed four.8sec. Audi’s Quattro four-wheel drive system delivers energy to all 4 wheels. It’s obtainable solely with a DSG automated gearbox. 

These efficiency figures put the SQ2 Zero.1sec forward of the BMW X2 M35i – which will even be proven in at Paris subsequent week – with regards to Zero-62mph acceleration. The 2 vehicles share the identical restricted high velocity, though the BMW has a 7bhp and 37lb ft benefit over the Audi. 

The new Mini Countryman rival is identifiable by its quad exhaust pipes on the rear, in addition to discreet SQ2 badging and a extra aggressive physique package, together with a rear spoiler. The entire automobile has been lowered 20mm over the usual Q2, whereas a selection of 18in or 19in wheels can be found. 

Inside, the automobile will get a black headliner and black leather-based and Alcantara seats, which have further bolstering to supply help in quicker corners and an embossed S logos. The dashboard will get Audi’s digital cockpit digital show as an possibility, however conventional dials and a central show are normal. A premium sound system can be fitted. 

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Adaptive cruise management and visitors jam help come as normal, that means the automobile can steer itself, brake and speed up at speeds of as much as 40mph, though the motive force should nonetheless have their palms on the wheel and their eyes on the street. 

There’s no phrase on pricing but – this can seemingly be revealed nearer to the automobile’s UK orders opening later within the 12 months. First deliveries aren’t anticipated to begin till early 2019, although. It’s seemingly that the SQ2 will probably be priced from round £35,000 – £15,000 dearer than the entry-level Q2. Emissions and gasoline economic system knowledge haven’t but been launched. 

With the SQ2, the one fashions in Audi’s vary but to obtain an S efficiency model are the just lately launched E-tron, A7 and A8, and the brand new Q3.An RS Q2 is anticipated to hitch the vary later within the automobile’s lifetime, providing as a lot as 362bhp from the RS3’s five-cylinder engine. 

Learn extra

New BMW X2 M35i revealed: the primary of the four-pot M vehicles

2018 Paris motor present preview

New 2018 Audi Q3: Volvo XC40 rival launched


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