Audi un­veils its su­per SUV in Paris

Gloucestershire Echo - - MOTORING NEWS - By DAVID WHINYATES Driv­ing Force

WITH 295bhp on tap, a 0-60mph sprint time of less than 4.8 sec­onds and an elec­tron­i­cally lim­ited top speed of 155mph, the new Audi SQ2 looks set to leave other com­pact SUVS trail­ing in its wake.

Audi de­scribes its new, top-of-the-range, su­per-suv – which made its de­but at the Paris mo­tor show – as “a ti­tan in the com­pact SUV seg­ment”, and we see no rea­son to ar­gue.

To cope with the blis­ter­ing pace pro­vided by the po­tent two litre, tur­bocharged petrol en­gine, it comes with low­ered sports sus­pen­sion, a dy­namic han­dling sys­tem and qu­at­tro all-wheel-drive plus a raft of high-tech driver as­sis­tance sys­tems.

The four-cylin­der en­gine is red­lined at 6,500 rpm but max­i­mum torque of 295 lb/ft is de­liv­ered be­tween 2,000 and 5,200 rpm. There’s a seven-speed S-tronic, dou­ble-clutch auto trans­mis­sion with sport or man­ual shift modes.

The ex­te­rior and in­te­rior styling have been honed to re­flect the new­comer’s sport­ing char­ac­ter. There’s a restyled grille, a front split­ter and two big air in­lets at the front while the rear end is dom­i­nated by a roof edge spoiler and a dif­fuser with four ex­haust tailpipes.

Stan­dard equip­ment in­cludes leather and fab­ric sport seats, a front cen­tre arm­rest, au­to­matic air con­di­tion­ing, a sport multi- func­tion steer­ing wheel – op­tion­ally with pad­dles for the S tronic ver­sion – and a driver in­for­ma­tion sys­tem with colour dis­play.

Prices have yet to be con­firmed, but Audi deal­ers will start tak­ing or­ders later this year with first UK de­liv­er­ies slated for early in 2019.

To cope with the blis­ter­ing pace the new Q2 comes with low­ered sports sus­pen­sion, a dy­namic han­dling sys­tem and qu­at­tro all-wheel-drive

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