Audi SQ2 Spied Completely Uncamouflaged

The SQ2 was always supposed to come out this year, and we're not surprised that someone was able to spy it completely undisguised. This signals that its official debut is imminent.
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Audi SQ2 Spied Completely UncamouflagedAudi SQ2 Spied Completely Uncamouflaged
While our tipster wasn't able to get too close to Audi's prized performance crossover, he did capture it from all angles. The car is undeniably underwhelming, but the final pieces of trim (badges and such) have yet to be installed.

The Q2 became available in 2016, and this SQ2's bodywork is unlike anything we've seen before. At the front, we have redesigned side air intakes and lower grille, covered in a multitude of geometric shapes like the RS5.

The back end also features a redesigned bumper with quad exhaust pipes installed at the bottom. And... that's about it.

We honestly don't believe that Audi will try and sell any S model without silver mirror caps and bespoke wheels. Even though the debut is probably only a month away, we're still not sure what engine powers this thing.

It's going to be the 2.0 TFSI. But which version? The styling suggests Audi hasn't made a full-baked hot crossover, so the most likely culprit is the 245 HP unit found in the Golf GTI Performance Pack. While Audi has never used that unit, it's going into the TT facelift.

Another option is the S3 powertrain, which would be taken down from 310 to 304 HP when forced to comply with the upcoming emissions regulations. But there are about half a dozen other configurations around which match up well with the MQB platform this crossover rides on.

Whatever the output, it will be sent to all four wheels via Haldex-style quattro AWD. Both a 7-speed twin-clutch and a manual are possible. Sure, autos are more popular in crossovers, but the JCW Clubman still has a stick, so why shouldn't this?
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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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