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Spyshots: 2017 Audi Q2 Begins Winter Testing with FWD and AWD

The baby Audi SUV that we still don't know what to call is nearly, almost finally here. The Q2 has been seen undergoing winter testing somewhere near Santa's home.
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Two prototypes were spotted by our spies driving together. A little of the camouflage has come off, but we're more concerned with the powertrains than anything else.

Unless we're mistaken, the Q2 has only been testing using a front-wheel-drive setup at the Nurburgring throughout the summer. However, one of these two prototypes has diffs at the back. Coolness!

Of course, we had no doubts about the fact that the Q2 would come with AWD. After all, you can get that on a Mercedes A-Class nowadays, plus the platform used here is the same MQB employed by the A3 and even the new VW Tiguan.

So what is the Q2? It's a baby crossover that's smaller than the Q3. It has a longer front end than most of its competitors (Juke, Countryman) because of the restrictions imposed by the platform.

The car very nearly got called A2 Q because Alfa Romeo owns the rights to the Q2 name. In fact, we're still not sure what it's going to be called, even though the crossover is supposed to come out early next year.

Being based on the MQB platform, this car has access to some advanced engines. Just like the all-new BMW X1, we'll see lots of 2.0-liter diesels that may even match the Bavarian outputs: 150 and 190 PS. Rumors have it the SQ2 will even pack a BiTDI with 240 PS, but that's still speculative.

If it's performance you are after, you might want to save your cash for a possible RS Q2 that's equipped with the engine from the S3 and TTS.

Usually, when people say they want to buy a small crossover, we try to explain that it's pointless. But that's not the case with this Audi, as both the A1 and A3 models ride very low. As for the styling, this Q2 thingy could be the only Audi that looks different.

At the front, the grille doesn't appear to go all the way to the bottom, while the headlights are very big. Around the back, we notice that the hatch doesn't take the tail lights along for the ride when it opens, unlike with the A1, Q3, etc.
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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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