Audi’s expansion plan of its Q range has started with the launch of the smallest member of the family so far, a model that is put together at the company’s main plant.
It has been a while since the four-rings premium brand has brought something new to its Q range. Showcased at the Geneva motor show in March, Audi’s smallest crossover and the fourth member of the SUV family has just entered into production in Ingolstadt, its largest production facility and the second-largest car plant in Europe. The baby Q2, which is assembled on the same line as the small A3, is being put together at a rate of 450 units a day. The automaker builds more than half a million cars a year in Ingolstadt with a new Audi driving off the assembly lines there every 30 seconds or more than 2,500 units a day.
“The start of series production of a new model is always a great challenge and something special for a plant and its employees. We are proud to be building the Audi Q2 – the Q family entry model – here in Ingolstadt for the world market.” Albert Mayer, plant director, said.
Orders for the Audi Q2 will start this month and customers can pick from a selection of six different engines. Along with a 1.0-litre three-cylinder TFSI, two four-cylinder gasoline engines are being offered with 1.4 and 2.0 liters. In addition, three four-cylinder diesels are also available with 1.6 and 2.0 liters.
The next big step in the SUV direction for Audi is the next generation of the Q5, set to make its public debut later this year and to find its way onto the market in 2017, for the next year to also mark the introduction of the production version of brand’s first battery-powered sport utility vehicle, namely Q6.