Despite the emissions-scandal-caused spending cuts across the Volkswagen Group, Audi are still planning to spend over 3 billion euros expanding their product range during the next five years. With SUVs becoming more and more popular, the German luxury brand has confirmed a number of new models, as well as several next-gen ones.
2016 will see the birth of a new, small SUV crossover named the Q2. Car and Driver reports that Audi CEO Rupert Stadler described the Q2 as “a different type of Q model, emotional and very sporty”. The demand for SUVs has drawn Audi into the niche, small crossover SUV market, which we imagine will make the Q2 a very popular model among buyers.
The new Q2 will sit just below the Q3 and will be the brand’s smallest SUV. The image above shows the 2012 Audi Crosslane Concept, which gives us the best indication of how the Q2 will look. The body styling is likely to be very similar.
Many are assuming that the Q2 will replace the earlier announced Q1, although as Audi has not mentioned this, we may be getting both Q models in the New Year. When the Q1 was announced, Audi wasn’t able to use the title ‘Q2’ because the rights belonged to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles; this, we presume, has now changed.
Audi also confirmed the next generation of its most popular SUV, the Q5. 2016 will see both the Q2 and the Q5 unveiled in the early months, with both models expected to be on sale towards the end of the year. By the end of 2020 Audi is hoping to have a range of 60 available models, ten up from the current line up of 50.
We’ll keep you posted with new Q2 and Q5 details once they’re announced.