Audi is in the advanced stages of testing an all-electric version of its Q2 crossover, the smallest high riding vehicle it currently sells. The Q2 e-Tron (which is what it will most likely be called) will complete the Q2 lineup that also includes the SQ2 performance model, as well as an extended wheelbase Q2 destined for the Chinese market. The Q2 EV won’t differ much visually from other models in the range, but with a careful look, you will be able to spot that it is the battery powered model. The camouflaged prototype snagged by our spies has no exhaust pipe, for instance, and it’s bound to have additional small exterior giveaways as to what it is. It’s also been suggested that the Q2 e-Tron might use the lengthened platform of the Chinese-market model, but at the moment we really cannot make a definitive judgment on that based solely on this batch of spy shots. Furthermore, the Q2 e-Tron may only be sold in China, although there is a good chance it will reach Europe as well - this would represent the first sale of a long-wheelbase Chinese-market Audi model in Europe.
Audi Doubles Down for 2020; Lines Up a Compact EV SUV with the E-Tron GT
Audi announced the development and the introduction of yet another electric car - probably a compact CUV - based on the MEB platform developed for the ID range of electric cars. We will see the first glimpses of the CUV early next year. That is the time when Audi plans to reveal the concept version. I would guess at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. The new zero-emission model will be an entry-level Audi electric car, and sizewise it will fit in between the Audi Q2 and the Audi Q3.
The Audi Q4 Will Supposedly Stand Out from the Lineup, But We Have Our Doubts
Audi’s SUV barrage just does not seem to be ending. After introducing its flagship SUV, the Q8, and the fully-electric SUV e-tron, Audi is now preparing to include the Q4 in its range. The automaker says that it will stand out from the other ‘Q’ SUVs, but we are not sure how.
2020 Audi A1 Allroad
Audi looks set to increase the number of Allroad models it sells with its smallest offering, the A1 Allroad, which was caught testing under camouflage around the Nurburgring Nordschleife. The car in the photos is definitely an A1, but it has a raised ground clearance and what looks like plastic cladding around the lower part of its body.
It will be based on the second generation A1 which debuted this year at the Paris motor show and if we look at what Audi has chosen to hide with camo are a different front grille and bumper, as well as the rear bumper.
2019 Audi A1 Looks Bigger And Better in Paris
The first-gen Audi A1 was launched in 2010. Since then, the car has earned a reputation for getting better with tiny tweaks and additions added every now and then. Eight years later, the Audi A1 is back with an all-new iteration. It has improved in every aspect over the 2010 A1. The next-gen Audi A1 was revealed at the Paris Motor Show.
Audi’s New Patent Could Point Us in The Direction of The SQ3
We’re barely a week into seeing the all-new Audi Q3 in all its glory, and yet here we are, confused and intrigued about what looks to be a sportier derivative of the crossover that has found its way in patent form at the European Union Intellectual Property Office. The patent filing was made by Audi last month, but the design of the crossover doesn’t look like the all-new Q3. Could this be a sportier version of the Q3? Is that you, Audi SQ3?
Audi SQ5 by Lumma Design
As far as compact SUVs go, the Audi SQ5 feels like a textbook example of how to make cars. It’s sleek, sophisticated, and somehow looks like an Apple phone - clean and just right. Making something wacky out of it requires some thinking and creativity. In this case, Lumma, a German tuning company, took it upon itself to craft a customization package trying to awaken the buried raw character hidden behind its SQ5 badge.
2017 Audi SQ5
Unveiled for the 2017 model year, the second-generation Audi Q5 received the performance treatment at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. Highlighted by an "S" badge and a more aggressive exterior design, the SQ5 also benefits from all the updates that came with the new-generation crossover, including a revamped interior with new technology.
Audi entered the SUV market in 2005 with the Q7, and three years later it launched the Q5. The crossover was developed to tackle the successful BMW X3 and the Mercedes-Benz GLK (renamed the GLC). It took Audi another four years to introduce the 2014 Audi SQ5 and bring it to the U.S. with a supercharged V-6 engine.
The new-generation model aims to be sportier and more luxurious than its predecessor and its new features, as well as brand-new, turbocharged engine recommend it as a proper competitor for its BMW- and Mercedes-badged rivals. How does it compare to Germany’s finest crossovers? Find out in the comprehensive review below.
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Audi Adds More Fast To The SQ5 With Extra Torque, New Air Suspension
Audi began making the Q5 compact luxury crossover in 2008, first unveiling the production model at the Beijing Auto Show that same year. Initially offered with a 2.0-liter TFSI, 2.0-liter TDI, and 3.0-liter TDI powerplant, the Q5 got a facelift in 2012, at which time the engine lineup was greatly expanded. A year later, Audi introduced the SQ5 performance variant. Engine options included a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 diesel, making the SQ5 TDI the first Audi S model to offer an oil burner, as well as a boosted 3.0-liter gas engine. Now, following the release of the second-gen Q5 at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, Audi has introduced the second-gen SQ5 at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. The updated fun-to-drive luxury crossover enters the 2018 model year with higher performance hopes thanks to new adaptive air suspension, as well as a smattering of extra peak power from a new turbo V-6. The styling was also updated, while a slew of available driver’s assist features and modern infotainment round out the changeover.
Let’s talk about what’s under the hood first. Replacing the outgoing 3.0-liter TFSI is a different, “all-new” 3.0-liter TFSI. With direct injection and a turbo strapped on, the new powerplant makes 354 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, besting the old engine by 5 horsepower and 23 pound-feet, respectively. While five ponies isn’t exactly something the write home about, the extra torque produced low in the rpm band should make a notable impact when it comes to driving dynamics. As before, an eight-speed tiptronic automatic gearbox handles the cogs, while standard quattro AWD makes the traction.
To put the torque to better use, Audi also updated the suspension at both ends. Under the nose is a new five-link set-up, featuring lightweight construction and more precise inputs. The steering can be also be optioned with a dynamic ratio, which will either vary the steering quickness based on speed (higher speeds equal a slower ratio, lower speeds have a quicker ratio), or based on driver-selectable settings.
Enthusiasts looking to max their Audi’s fun factor should investigate the available S sport package. This option throws on a new rear differential specifically designed for sporty driving, with active torque distribution that can send nearly all available rear torque to one side or the other, making for a more engaging experience behind the wheel. And, for the first time ever on the SQ5, 2018 models with the S sport package will come equipped with a new sport adaptive air suspension system.
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The Audi Q2 Deep Learning Concept is the coolest 1:8 Scale Model You’ve Ever Seen
Concept vehicles come in a variety of shapes and sizes. That’s just part of the game the auto industry has been playing to showcase new technologies or styling languages for its future production lineup. For its part, Audi has developed concept vehicles of its own, but none of those concepts are as different as the Audi Q2 “Deep Learning Concept,” a prototype that’s as unique for the technology it’s previewing as much as for it’s actual size.
See, the Q2 Deep Learning Concept isn’t a traditional car. Far from it, actually. It’s a 1:8 scale model that Audi built as a demonstrator to showcase the new deep learning technology. Without sounding too technical about the concept or deep learning technology, the whole thing is essentially Audi’s way of introducing the space of artificial intelligence into the auto industry. In the case of the Q2 Deep Learning Concept, that involves showcasing a system that allows vehicles to find parking spots entirely on their own.
One look at the Q2 concept tells you as much, particularly the presence of ultrasonic sensors scattered throughout the front and sides of the car. These sensors are responsible for scanning and retrieving data around the vehicle and work in concert with an on-board computer that, in turn, process the data and converts them into control signals for the car’s steering and powertrain. Once the data is processed, the car makes the appropriate responses and drives itself around a parking lot until it can find a spot to park, doing all of this by itself without any assistance from a human driver.
The whole system is underpinned by another technological development that Audi’s cooking up called “deep reinforcement learning.” In so many words, the process basically means that a specific car learns “knowledge” similar to us humans. In its case, it could revolve around trying to find easy parking spots before learning more sophisticated parking maneuvers over time.
All of these systems and advancements are being presented by Audi and the 1:8 scale Q2 Deep Learning Concept at the Conference and Workshop on Neural Information Processing Systems, an event that showcases the latest breakthroughs and developments related to the field of, you guessed it, artificial intelligence. The conference is being held in Barcelona, Spain and is ongoing until December 10, 2016.
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At this point, there are so many “Black Edition” models floating around that we can’t tell what manufacturer actually fired the first shot. It seems like just about every model out there has a Black Edition of some kind. There’s the 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera Black Edition, The Mazda3 Sport Black Edition, Volkswagen Scirocco Black Edition, Porsche Cayman Black Edition, and Nissan Qashqai Black Edition – just to name a small handful from a very large pool of available models out there. Hell, Even Bentley has done it. Now, Audi is adding to its lineup of “Black Edition” models with this new iteration of the Q3. As usual, the model comes with just a few “upgrades” that include some black interior trim and a few exterior pieces done up in black as well.
It’s really like one manufacturer decided to do a Black Edition and everybody else decided to jump off the same bridge. Just like the use of Alcantara. It was once something that was once cool and eccentric but is now just boring and overplayed. As such, Audi is actually replacing the S Plus Model with the Black Edition in its lineup, which means most of the features the model is boasting, were already there to begin with. This includes things like SD card-based navigation, cruised control, privacy glass, and black interior that, of course, has some Alcantara mixed in too.
So, with that said, let’s take a closer look at the new Q3 Black Edition and see if there’s really any hype worth writing home about.
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2017 - 2018 Audi Q3
The Audi Q3 is the German brand’s tall-stance, compact-fitting crossover product, which has been around since 2011. Prior to the introduction of the Audi Q2 at the Geneva Motor Show back in March, the Q3 was Audi’s smallest SUV-style offering. These days, the Q3 is looking like it should be getting a second generation, but before it does, Audi has decided to keep the old five-door fresh by way of new aesthetic upgrades and a new special edition model. All the bits under the skin have been unaltered, but outside, you’ll find sportier trim, new wheels, and a few other bits and bobs added. On the new special edition, the cabin has been updated as well.
The new special edition is called the S line competition, which joins trim levels like the Design and Sport trim as the top-dog kit. Plenty of folks are holding out to see what the second-generation might bring, but for those who simply can’t wait, the updated Audi Q3 might offer just the right style to justify a purchase.
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Audi Trademarks "Q4" Name
There was a lot of drama surrounding Audi, FCA, and the Q2 and Q4 names. Back in January, Audi and FCA squashed the drama with Audi taking the rights to the two names. We don’t know what Audi traded off to get the rights, but it didn’t waste any time bringing a Q2 to the market, with the crossover making its official debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Now, according to Auto Express it looks like Audi is about to break out the Q4 name as well, as the company has officially filed for fresh trademark protection for the name.
While little is really known about the Q4 at this point, it’s expected to have a close resemblance to the TT Offroad Concept that we saw back at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show. Oddly, this trademark also coincides with the announcement from Samsung SDI stating that it is investing in a battery plant that is near the TT factory. This reinforces the idea that the Q4 could potentially come as a plug-in hybrid using batteries supplied by Samsung SDI after that announcement that it is teaming up with LG to supply batteries for upcoming EV vehicles.
For the record, Audi has also owned the SQ4 name since 2013, so it’s quite possible that we’ll also see a high-performance variant of the Q4 at some point in the future as well. Either way, expect the Q4 to pop up sooner than later, and to compete against the likes of the BMW X4 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe. This could get interesting.
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2016 Audi Q2 Edition #1
Launched for the 2017 model year, the Q2 is the latest Audi nameplate to hit the market and the company’s smallest crossover yet. Underpinned by Volkswagen’s MQB platform that is shared with the Golf and the Audi TT among other cars, the Q2 was designed by Marc Lichte and shares styling cues with the larger Q3 and Q5 SUVs. Available with a selection of gasoline and diesel four-cylinder engines, the Q2 enables Audi to compete in a new niche. At 4.2 meters (165 inches) long, the Q2 is about the size of the Mini Countryman, which makes it just the second vehicle to join this premium class.
With no competition from Mercedes-Benz and BMW in the foreseeable future, the Q2 will most likely take a significant bite into the Countryman’s sales over the next years thanks to its more rugged design and luxurious interior. With the small crossover having just arrived in dealerships, Audi is launching a limited-edition model to sit at the top of the range. It’s called the Q2 Edition #1 and for the time being it is available in the United Kingdom only.
Essentially an S Line model with additional features, the Edition #1 sports a bespoke paint job and handful of custom interior features. On top of that, it comes with extra standard equipment to justify the more expensive price tag. But, more about that in our short review below.
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2017 - 2018 Audi A4 Allroad Quattro
If you’re in the market for something that combines comfort, practicality, and a little off-road capability, odds are you’re combing through a seemingly endless number of crossover models. But while the crossover’s popularity is unrivaled in the U.S., its jack-of-all-trades disposition is far from perfect, especially when it comes to things like maneuverability, ride quality, and driving dynamics. So what if you want all the advantages of a crossover, but in a decidedly more car-like package? Audi has the answer, and it’s called the 2017 A4 Allroad. Unveiled at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, this next-gen vehicle brings a revamped drivetrain, revised suspension, and even more features for the occasional jaunt into the rough stuff, making it a real alternative in a sea of CUVs.
Audi first offered the A4 Allroad in 2009, but the philosophy hasn’t changed – take the style and familiarity of a wagon, and infuse it with maximum functionality. To that end, Audi starts with the A4 Avant (a model that’s sadly reserved only for non-U.S. customers) and adds new styling cues and beefier hard bits. The result is something that keeps the easy-driving, good-looking wagon stuff, but adds a little extra for ski runs or traversing the dirt path to that hidden trailhead.
It’s a tempting combination, but is it enough to entice buyers away from the crossover status quo?
Updated 07/26/2016: Audi just released info on the U.S.-spec A4 Allroad Quattro, so we’ve updated the Drivetrain and Prices sections with the latest.
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2019 Audi SQ2
Placed just under the Q3 as far as badges go, the Q2 is more than just a shrunken Q3. Not only it sports unique fascias, it also has a coupe-style roof, setting it apart from its siblings and placing it in the same market as the BMW X2. After almost two years on the market, the regular crossover was joined by the performance-oriented SQ2 model, launched at the 2018 Paris Motor Show.
Sportier on the outside and powered by a beefed-up, turbocharged engine, the SQ2 raises above the competition in terms of looks and power. It basically offers you the sportiest and most potent option in this niche, at least until BMW rolls out the X2 M sometime in the future. Does it have enough power and extra features to stand out? Let’s find out in the review below.
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Two Heavily Camouflaged Audi Q5s Spotted In Hackensack, New Jersey
A pair of heavily camouflaged SUVs were spotted making the rounds in Hackensack, New Jersey by an eagle-eyed member of the Bimmerfest forum. Initially, “zombie99” thought that the SUVs were BMW X3s, but upon checking the photo and comparing it to previous spy photos of the BMW crossover, he may have confused them with the Audi Q5, which they really are. Still, great work on capturing the wrapped up Q5s. Based on past experience, most people would think that the two Q5s were just the victims of a well-orchestrated prank.
To be fair, other members of the forum also pointed out that they thought the two SUVs looked more like the Q5 than the X3. But we took it a step further and examined past spy photos of both SUVs and there really is a big difference between the two, especially in the rear section, the same area that’s shown in zombie99’s photograph.
One of the things that’s visible in the new BMW X3’s rear section are the circular taillights. In fact, two sets of spy photos, taken in November and December 2015, respectively, both show the X3 with circular taillights, small park lights, and dual exhausts. The shoulder lines on the X3 are also not as pronounced as the two SUVs you see in zombie99’s photo.
By comparison, past spy photos of the Audi Q5, taken in August 2015, show plenty of similarities to the ones that were spotted in Hackensack, New Jersey. The taillights are similar, as are the other set of lights located on opposite ends of the rear bumper. The SUV in the front also shows a similarly configured exhaust and diffuser compared to the other spy photos we’ve seen of the Q5 and the SUV in the back clearly shows distinctive shoulder lines, just like the one found on the spy photos of the test mule in Spain last August.
So yes, we believe these two SUVs are Audi Q5s, but as to why they’re doing some test runs in New Jersey is another matter entirely. Another member of the forum indicated that two Q5 test mules have been testing around the area for weeks and are “usually accompanied” by another Audi with manufacturer plates.
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2017 Audi Q2
Audi has finally put to bed the rumors of an addition to its Q lineup of SUVs. Introduced at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the 2017 Audi Q2 expands the automaker’s reach into the entry-level category of luxury crossovers.
Looking more like a high-riding hot hatch, the Q2 is a lightweight five door that helps usher in Audi’s new design styling. The front grille wears a new polygon shape while the C-pillar sports a “color blade” that can be customized, much like the first-generation R8. Six available engines, two transmissions, a bevy of safety equipment and driver aids, and Audi’s new glass gauge cluster make the Q2 perhaps the most tech-savvy option in the current crop of crossovers.
The technology extends into the unseen, as well. The Q2 is built from form-hardened steels that increase strength without adding excessive weight. Its size is fairly diminutive at only 13.7 feet long with a wheelbase of 8.5 feet. Its width is also tidy at 5.9 feet. Not only should this make the Q2 an outstanding performer in crash testing, but with a curb weight of only 2,656 pounds, the crossover should be a blast to drive.
Those passing judgment based on horsepower numbers shouldn’t be fooled – Audi says its engine lineup has been “right-sized” to provide the best power to weight optimization. The top performer of the bunch is the 2.0-liter TFSI gasoline mill that cranks out 190 horsepower. For turbodiesel fans, the 2.0-liter TDI is offered in two power levels, with the horsepower peaking at 190, matching the TFSI. Audi has not announced torque figures.
The Q2 is blazing new trails for Audi in the compact crossover segment, but with its light weight, tech-filled cabin, wide range of powertrains, and striking looks, it’s easy to foresee Audi’s domination over the competition.
Update 03/01/2016: Audi has officially debuted the 2017 Q2 crossover at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
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