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Paris Motor Show 2018: Audi SQ2 is the performance crossover we want right now

October 02, 2018, 09:03 PM IST by Bilal Ahmed Firfiray
Paris Motor Show 2018: Audi SQ2 is the performance crossover we want right now

-    Audi SQ2 makes its public premiere with obvious styling and 296bhp.

-    0-100kmph in 4.8seconds owing to the 296bhp 2.0-litre TFSI, ride height lowered by 20mm.

-    Might make its way to India as well.

Audi SQ2 made its official debut at the Paris stage where the baby crossover made its performance intentions clear. The Q8-inspiration seen on the SQ2 was backed by the potent motor borrowed from the S3 sedan. 

The 2.0-litre turbocharged TFSI motor sitting snuggly under the hood of the SQ2 rings out 296bhp and 400Nm. It is enough to propel the Baby Q to 100kmph from a standstill in just 4.8 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 155mph (250kmph). Wearing a Quattro badge means the power is sent to all four wheels channelled through a seven-speed dual-clutch S-Tronic transmission. 

The four-pot TFSI motor weighs just 150kg and has revised intake/exhaust camshafts amongst many advanced technologies. The ride height of the SUV has been reduced by 20mm with the S-spec sports suspension. Appearance wise, the SQ2 carries typical Audi Sports styling. The octagonal cascading grille gets vertical louvres flanked by distinct Q2 headlights. The front bumpers get black treatment in terms of air vents and extended splitter. At the rear, the quad exhaust setup is integrated with the diffusers. The ORVM gets an aluminium-finish while the body paint options available are Vegas yellow, Ara blue, Daytona grey, floret silver, glacier white, coral orange, mythos black, quantum grey and tango red. The SQ2 sits on 18-inch wheels as standard with 10 design choices, which can be upgraded to 19-inches. 

The cabin is typical Audi with all the features expected from a sports SUV. A bigger set of brakes (340mm at front and 310mm at the rear) takes care of the stopping responsibilities, while the sonorous exhaust makes sure the SQ2 sounds as good as its elder siblings.

We expect Audi to bring in the potent SQ2 to India as well when the carmaker launches Q2 in the country. The even more powerful RSQ2 will follow soon.

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