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    The new Audi SQ2

Jimi Beckwith

Audi has revealed the SQ2 ahead of its official debut at the Paris motor show, with 296bhp on tap and an electronically limited 155mph top speed. 

The car’s turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine is shared with the Audi S3 and closely related to that of the Volkswagen Golf R and upcoming T-Roc R, as well as the Seat Leon Cupra R

The SQ2’s powertrains features an identical amount of torque as the Golf R’s, at 295lb ft, and 0-62mph is achieved in a claimed 4.8sec. Audi’s quattro four-wheel drive system and a DSG automatic gearbox are standard.

This puts the SQ2 0.1sec ahead of the BMW X2 M35i – which will also be shown in at Paris next week – when it comes to 0-62mph acceleration. The two cars share the same limited top speed, although the X2 has a 7bhp and 37lb ft advantage over the SQ2. 

The hot Mini Countryman rival is identifiable by its four exhaust pipes at the rear, as well as discreet SQ2 badging and a more aggressive bodykit, including a rear spoiler. The whole car has been lowered 20mm over the standard Q2, while a choice of 18in or 19in wheels are available. 

Inside, the SQ2 gets a black headliner and black leather-and-Alcantara seats, which have embossed S logos and extra bolstering to offer support in faster corners. The dashboard gets Audi’s Virtual Cockpit digital display as an option, but traditional analogue dials and an infotainment screen are standard. A premium sound system is also fitted. 

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Adaptive cruise control and Traffic Jam Assist come as standard, meaning the car can steer, brake and accelerate itself at speeds of up to 40mph, although the driver must still have their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road. 

There’s no word on pricing yet – this will likely be revealed closer to the car’s UK orders opening later in the year. First deliveries aren’t expected to commence until early 2019, though.

It’s likely that the SQ2 will be priced from around £35,000 – £15,000 more expensive than the entry-level Q2. Emissions and fuel economy data haven’t yet been released. 

With the arrival of the SQ2, the only models in Audi’s range yet to receive an S performance version are the recently launched E-tronA7 and A8 and the new Q3. An RS Q2 is expected to join the range later in the car’s lifetime, offering as much as 362bhp from the RS3’s five-cylinder engine. 

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