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Audi Q2 gets styling and tech updates

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When was the last time we heard something about the tiny member of the Q family — the Audi Q2? I know, a looong time ago. It was even supposed to make its India debut but that never happened. Anyway, Audi has updated the Q2, because you know, it has been a long time.

The updates begin with the styling tweaks, which includes a sporty front bumper, door cladding on the side profile with Q2 branding, and of course, a restyled rear bumper. The rest of the vehicle including the polygonal shape on the side that merges with the shoulder line, blacked-out B- and C-pillars, and the taillight detailing, looks the same as the original Q2 we saw back in 2016.

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However, the Q2 now gets LED headlights as standard, while the buyers can go for a new Matrix LED units. When opted for Matrix LED units, the dynamic turn signals for the rear come standard. The photos here feature the Q2 ‘Edition One’, which comes with Matrix LED headlights, black accents, black mirror caps, 19-inch wheels from Audi Sport, and sport suspension.

The exterior color palette contains 5 new colors: Apple Green, Manhattan Gray, Navarra Blue, Arrow Gray, and Turbo Blue.

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Another important change is that the new Q2 has become a few millimeters longer, now measuring 4.21 meters, while the width (1.79 meters) and height (1.54 meters) have remained the same. Audi says that the drag coefficient with sport suspension is 0.31 Cd. The sport suspension lowers the body by 10 mm.

The fresh interior is graced with a 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit, an 8.3-inch MMI navigation plus display, and 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen Premium Sound System. The options list includes an ambient lighting package plus that illuminates the dashboard and centre console. In terms of the materials, the Dinamica microfiber will replace the Alcantara. Audi has bundled all upholstery and colors into seven packages, four of which are assigned to the basic interior, while the other three are assigned to the S line.

In terms of the safety and driver assistance systems, the Audi Pre Sense Front and Lane Departure Warning come as standard. Options include Adaptive Cruise Assist, Side Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Assist, and Parking System Plus.

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Moving on to the business end of the story, the updated Audi Q2 will be launched in the German market with a 1.5-litre TFSI (turbocharged petrol) engine with 150 hp (110 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque on offer. At low loads and engine speeds, the cylinder on demand (COD) temporarily deactivates the second and third cylinders. As standard, the engine is paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox, while a 7-speed S tronic automatic is available as an option.

Few more powertrains will be added before the end of the year. The quattro AWD will be available for some powertrain combinations.

Prices in Germany start at €27,196 for the Q2 with 150 hp 1.5 TFSI engine. The base price will start at €25,000.

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