Q2 un­veiled at Edge Hill

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - CRUISE CONTROL -

AUDI’S new baby Q2 SUV, tar­get­ing young and young at heart buy­ers, was launched in Cairns last night.

Three of the five door models were un­veiled at Noa Restau­rant and Bar at Edge Hill to 75 in­vited guests.

Audi Cen­tre Cairns dealer-prin­ci­pal Alan Bax­ter said it was an ex­cit­ing ve­hi­cle for the brand and had the po­ten­tial to be its best­seller in the Far North.

“The highly an­tic­i­pated all­new Audi Q2 will es­tab­lish it­self as a unique of­fer­ing in the premium com­pact SUV seg­ment,” he said.

“It will open up the Audi brand to a new range of young and young-at-heart buy­ers.

“This new model will ex­ceed cus­tomer ex­pec­ta­tions of how an Audi should look, thanks to its pro­gres­sive polyg­o­nal de­sign lan­guage, and what it should of­fer, thanks to a suite of in­fo­tain­ment and con­nec­tiv­ity tech­nolo­gies.

“We are very pleased to be launch­ing this game-chang­ing ve­hi­cle in Cairns in such a com­pet­i­tive pack­age.”

At last night’s launch were two 1.4 TFSI petrol models in front-wheel drive, one in grey with $8800 of ex­tras bring­ing the on-road price to $56,125 and the other, white, with $4890 of op­tions for a drive away ticket of $52,140.

A 2.0-litre tur­bod­iesel all­wheel drive quat­tro ver­sion, blue, with $6340 of ex­tras, came to $60,635. Two more petrol front driv­ers are due next week.

Also on dis­play was Audi’s lat­est high per­for­mance SQ7 SUV, a twin turbo V8 diesel with 320kW of power and 900Nm of torque, with a $180K price tag.

A Q7 3.0 TDI V6 diesel SUV added to the mix ($116,000). The lat­est sports sedan, a S4, was rushed to the Far North af­ter its na­tional launch last week.

The S4 sedan quat­tro comes with a twin turbo 3.0-litre V6 with 260kW of grunt and 500NM of pulling power, ca­pa­ble of reach­ing 100km/h in 4.7 sec­onds.

The metal­lic blue sedan was packed with good­ies to­talling $13K, in­clud­ing a S Per­for­mance pack­age, for a $130, 709 on-road price.

Mr Bax­ter said the S4 was a sports sedan “that pro­vides a unique com­bi­na­tion of mus­cu­lar per­for­mance in a so­phis­ti­cated pack­age”.

“The all-new Audi S4 sedan and Avant stay true to this for­mula, while of­fer­ing more pro­gres­sive tech­nol­ogy than ever be­fore,” he said.

“In­tel­li­gent in­fo­tain­ment and con­nec­tiv­ity sys­tems are hall­marks of this new model, as well as highly de­vel­oped chas­sis con­cept that re­duces weight by 75kg, while im­prov­ing han­dling and ride com­fort.”

The new 3.0-litre tur­bocharged V6 en­gine is an all-new de­sign and is 14kg lighter than its pre­de­ces­sor’s su­per­charged pow­er­plant.

The new en­gine pro­duces 260kW (up 15kW), while peak torque of 500Nm (up 60Nm) is avail­able from as low as 1370rpm.

Spon­ta­neous re­sponse is aided by the twin-scroll tur­bocharger’s lo­ca­tion in­side the 90-de­gree vee, which en­sures the short­est pos­si­ble travel paths for ex­haust gases to pass through.

The S4 is said to use 7.7 L/100km of fuel.

Matched to a fast-shift­ing eight-speed tip­tronic au­to­matic trans­mis­sion and quat­tro all­wheel drive tech­nol­ogy, the S4 can reach 100km/h 0.3 sec­onds quicker than the old model.

The brakes are 350mm ven­ti­lated front discs.


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