Audi’s SQ2 will finally arrive in Australian showrooms nearly three years after its first reveal, though the local version will be updated model with a fresh design.
The original SQ2 was first revealed at the 2018 Paris motor show, and was originally planned for a 2019 introduction, but Audi Australia’s Mercedes-AMG GLA35 and BMW X2 M35i competitor will now land locally in mid-2021.
Powered by a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine, the new SQ2 punches out 221kW/400Nm (the same as before), which is sent to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
As a result, the SQ2 will blitz the zero-to-100km/h sprint in just 4.9 seconds, while also returning a fuel consumption figure of 7.7 litres per 100km.
Sitting 20mm lower than a Q2 thanks to S sport suspension, the SQ2 also scores a unique steering tune for improved driving feel, according to Audi, while other performance enhancements include larger brakes and 18-inch wheels shod in 235/45 rubber.
Differentiating the 2021 SQ2 from its predecessor is lower-positioned Singleframe front grille with unique insert, standard LED headlights (with a Matrix upgrade as an option) and reworked rear bumper with quad exhaust tips.
Inside, the new SQ2 is available with four interior options, starting with a fabric and leather trim, moving up to Nappa leather with rhombus stitching, and topping out with a leather/Dinamica combination.
Being the flagship Q2, the SQ2 is also fitted with sports seats, a multifunction steering wheel and automatic air conditioning, while Audi’s virtual cockpit, multimedia system, connected services, Bang & Olufsen sound system and wireless smartphone charger are also available for tech enthusiasts.