By Amanda Mfuphi
After two years of making its debut, Audi has unveiled the revised the SQ2 that spots a sportier and striking appearance, an updated interior, a stronger engine, and new Audi connect services and assist systems.
The revised SQ2 features some changes upfront with the octagonal single frame now being slightly lower and narrow slits between the grille and the hood. Wide frames painted in selenite silver surround the large air inlets. The SQ2 comes with LED headlights as standard, and Audi installs the new Matrix LED headlights as an alternative. One shared module houses seven individual LEDs. The SQ2 also features an intelligently controlled high beam light that illuminates the road as brightly as possible without blinding other road users. At the side, the revised Audi SQ2 features the aluminum-look mirror housings, the strips along the sills, the roof edge spoiler, and the silver blades on the C-pillar add accents.
The rear spots a revised bumper with two exhaust tailpipes each framed by the diffuser insert. The rear also features LED lights as standard with an option of the Matrix LED headlights that feature dynamic turn signals. The luggage compartment is located behind the tailgate and has a volume of 355 to 1,000 liters depending on the position of the rear backrests.
The SQ2 rides on 18-inch alloy wheels shod with size 235/45 tires. The range also includes 19-inch wheels with size 235/40 tires (standard with the SQ2 exterior package). The brake calipers feature S badges and are painted red as an option.
The interior of the SQ2 is dominated by dark tones and high-quality surfaces. The headlining is designed in black and the door panels feature a new material that is pleasant to touch. The pedal caps and the footrest are made of stainless steel and the illuminated door sill trims sport S logos. The display shows S-specific start screens when the ignition is switched on.
There are four packages for the upholstery and colours that customers can choose from. These include a combination of fabric and leather (standard), pure fine Nappa leather – with a rhombus pattern as an option – and a mixture of leather and the microfiber material Dinamica, which is replacing Alcantara. The seats have accent stripes and contrasting stitching. The seats are available in rock gray, black, and magma red.
Features and Technology
The Audi SQ21 comes as standard with automatic air conditioning, a sport multifunction steering wheel, and sport seats. In terms of operation and infotainment, the range extends to the Audi virtual cockpit, which can be switched over to a sports view, and the MMI navigation plus (available with the navigation package). It is operated via a rotary pushbutton on the center console.
The revised SQ2 now introduces the Audi connect services with LTE plus speed on board, and a Wi-Fi hotspot integrates the passengers’ mobile devices. The services of Audi connect emergency call & service and Audi connect remote & control are standard equipment in the revised SQ2. These services allow the owner to lock the vehicle remotely or check the fuel level, for example.
The revised Audi SQ2 introduces new driver assist systems to the SQ2. The revised SQ2 comes with the Audi pre sense front safety system as standard, which contributes to preventing potential accidents involving pedestrians, cyclists, or other vehicles in front of the car or reducing their severity. Other driver assist systems include, adaptive cruise assist and park assist.
Engine and Power
The revised Audi SQ2 spots a new engine being the turbocharged four-cylinder 2.0 TFSI engine which pushes out 221 kW of power and 400 Nm of torque. The engine is paired with a seven-speed S tronic transmission. The SQ2 has quattro all-wheel drive and the S sport suspension, that both ensure that the power is applied smoothly to the road. The 2.0 TFSI with 221 kW accelerates the SQ2 from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 4.9 seconds.
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