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2017 Audi Q2 | new car sales price

Pricing for the incoming Audi Q2 small SUV has been announced ahead of its arrival Down Under before the end of the month, and it will be offered with a special Launch Edition that will sit atop the range for the time being.

The range will kick off with the 1.4-litre TFSI turbo-petrol powered Q2 Design, which makes 110kW/250Nm and will be priced from $41,100 before on-roads.

The Design’s engine features cylinder-on-demand technology that shuts down two of its four cylinders under a light load, helping it deliver a combined fuel economy figure of 5.3L/100km.

The Launch Edition, priced at $49,900, shares the 1.4-litre engine from the Design with power in both variants being sent to the front wheels via a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission.

All variants also gets Audi’s nifty virtual cockpit digital instrument display, head-up display and Audi Connect.

Sitting between the Design and Launch Edition is the mid-spec Q2 Sport, which uses a  110kW/340Nm 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine mated to the same S tronic transmission in the petrol-powered variants, but it employs Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system, while drinking 5.0L/100km.

The range will be bolstered by a beefier 140kW/320Nm 2.0-litre TSFI Quattro variant which is due to be released later in the year, however pricing and spec for this model are still under wraps.

Standard equipment across the Q2 range includes 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic air-conditioning with dual-zone climate control, leather-appointed seats, MMI navigation, Bluetooth, voice control, auto emergency braking, parking system with a reversing camera and an auto-dimming interior mirror.

All variants also gets Audi’s nifty virtual cockpit digital instrument display, head-up display and Audi Connect with Google Earth and search functionality, in addition to a WiFi hotspot.

Stepping up to the 2.0 TDI Sport adds sports seats, electric tailgate and Audi Side Assist.

Opting for the Launch Edition adds S line exterior styling package, exclusive Quantum Grey paint, black and Manhattan Grey exterior details, 19-inch alloys, and a suite of driver assistance features including adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, active lane keeping and lane departure warning.

The carmaker was “very pleased” to be offering the Q2 with such a competitive package.

Interior cargo space is down on its slightly bigger Q3 sibling, with 405 litres of boot space compared to the Q3’s 460L. With the seats down, it manages 1050L.

Its size and price will pitch it against other diminutive crossovers such as the BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA, Infiniti QX30 and Mini’s upcoming, next-gen Countryman.

Audi Australia managing director Andrew Doyle said the Q2 had the potential to draw a new demographic of buyers to the Audi brand, adding the carmaker was “very pleased” to be offering the Q2 with such a competitive package.

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