Audi describes its all-new Q2 SUV as the model that steps outside the Audi box, and now, production for the Q2 is underway.
The problem with creating a model that is, as Audi says, “un[hash]taggable”, is that it presents challenges when it comes time to hit the ‘go’ button on production - but Audi is keeping the Q2 very much in-house.
“The start of series production of a new model is always a great challenge and something special for a plant and its employees,” Audi’s Albert Mayer said.
“We are proud to be building the Audi Q2 - the Q?family entry model - here in Ingolstadt for the world market.”
That’s right; the Q2 will be built at Audi’s main plant in Ingolstadt. The plant is the second-largest car production facility in Europe and the largest for Audi, which has been adapted to cope with the Q2’s new design.
The Q2 will be built alongside the Audi A3, with the pair sharing a production line, body shop and paint shop. To that end, Audi says the main challenge in adapting the plant was to ensure A3 production did not grind to a halt in the process.
Even in its early stages, production for the Q2 has already been ramped up to 450 units per day.
Audi says it is “investing in innovative methods to master the increasing complexity of production”, including “a fully automatic module store for the drivetrain, increasing local storage capacity”.
Drivetrain options will include six different engines, with both petrol- and diesel-powered units offering up between 85 and 140kW of power matched with both front- and all-wheel-drive.
The all-new Audi Q2 will arrive in Australia in the first quarter of 2017.