Audi Hints at new Premium Compact SUVs. Trademarks SQ2, Q9
Usually, future product offensive and market strategy is a close a guarded secret in any organization. However, there are ways to dig out information that could give us some idea as what goes on behind closed doors. Autocar recently got access to trademark applications filed by Audi which clearly reveal some of the models that could enter production in the near future.
The documents show a few SUVs that Audi plans to introduce into the market. Starting with the much talked about Q2, Audi wants to launch a high performance version based on the Q2, dubbed "SQ2". The company has already committed to a Range Rover Evoque rivaling Q4 and SQ4 on the aforementioned lines.
In recent times, the market has seen increased demand for luxury SUVs. Audi sees this as an opportunity to spread its wings. The company has trademarked the name "Q9" for a future large SUV. They also have plans to offer fuel-cell technology in their road cars. Hence the name "f-tron" pops up onto the trademarks list.
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The upcoming Audi Q2 could be the smallest SUV Audi will ever produce. Based on Volkswagen’s flexible MQB platform, the Q2 might be a three-door SUV unlike the Q3 which only comes as a five-door. Thus, the Q2 would a more sportier take on the Q3 with some interesting styling details.
The Q2 could be a good alternative to a city car as well. Being a high-riding SUV, ingress and egress would be easy. We can also expect a capacious boot with folding rear seats as standard. Audi’s signature LED light treatment could make the Q2 a rather attractive looking mini-SUV or CUV (Compact Utility Vehicle).
The Q2 could derive its power from a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine from the A1 or a 1.6-liter turbo-diesel from the Volkswagen family. Either way, the Q2 would have to be economical and sporty at the same time.
Audi seems pretty darn serious about the SUV segment. The Audi Q4 is expected to rival the Range Rover Evoque. And if that is true, they better come up with something more attractive than just a boring, inconspicuous box with LED lights all over. The Range Rover Evoque is one fantastic looking compact SUV and it will interesting to see what Audi come up with.
Based on the MLB platform which also underpins the Audi Q5, the new model could be inspired by the A7 sportback design. On that lines, we could expect a five-door coupe with a raked rear glass. Underneath the metal, there could a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel or a 3.0-liter V6. More high powered versions could also be available.