Trevor Collett | Mar 2, 2016

The covers have finally come off Audi’s new compact SUV at the Geneva Motor Show - meet the Q2.

Following a teaser campaign in which Audi said the new model was “un[hash]taggable”, the carmaker’s promise of an SUV that steps outside the Audi norm has been fulfilled - sort-of.

The Q2 is designed to attract a younger audience to the Audi brand, and the new model features some rugged styling lines while maintaining enough of the company’s corporate face to remind us it’s an Audi.

Audi describes its new model as “an urban-type vehicle for everyday driving and recreation, uniting a progressive design with a high level of functionality”.

Outside, the Q2 features a low roof line with C-pillars in a different colour to the body, along with an integrated roof spoiler and rear diffuser.

Customers can choose numerous equipment packages to customise their Q2, altering exterior and interior colours, while a LED lighting package is also available.

Exterior measurements are 1510mm high, 1790mm wide and 4190mm long, with a wheelbase of 2600mm.

No less than six engines are available in the Q2, depending on the market, including a 1.0 litre petrol three-cylinder engine and four-cylinder petrol engines in 1.4 and 2.0 litre capacities.

Diesel engines are all four-cylinder units available as 1.6 or 2.0 litre powerplants, with power ranging from 85 to 140kW.

Power is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual or seven-speed S-tronic dual clutch automatic transmission, while quattro all-wheel-drive models will also be available.

Inside, with that younger audience in mind, Audi says the infotainment system and connectivity features are without compromise.

The Audi Virtual Cockpit is optional, and the carmaker says the head-up display and driver assistance systems are lifted straight from more up-spec models.

Features include WiFi hotspot and a SIM card with a flat-rate data plan, along with Apple and Android smartphone connectivity which includes calendar syncing.

The luggage compartment holds 405 litres, stretching to 1050 litres with the seats folded. A three-way split folding rear seat is optional, as is a powered tailgate.

Safety features include autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with stop-go function, lane-departure warning, traffic sign recognition and rear cross-traffic assist.

The Audi Q2 will sit below the Q3 in the carmaker’s line-up, and is scheduled to arrive in local showrooms early next year. Local models, specifications and pricing are yet to be confirmed.

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