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After UK prices and specs were announced for Audi's new Q2, the SUV is now available to order from showrooms.The small crossover starts from £22,380 with a 148bhp 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine, capable of 0-62mph in 8.5 seconds and 54.3mpg combined.

That price gets you an SE spec car, which comes with Audi's MMI multimedia infotainment system as standard, along with 16-inch alloy wheels and heated and electrically adjustable mirrors. 'Sport' trim, priced at £1,550 over SE, adds 17-inch alloy wheels, adjustable driving modes, cruise control, auto lights and wipers, and sports seats.

A 1.6 TDI is also available in this entry-level trim, with 114bhp and a claimed average fuel economy figure of 64.2mpg. Towards the end of this year The Q2 will get an even cheaper starting point, as the 113bhp 1.0-litre TFSI petrol debuts kicking off at £20,230.

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An additional £2,250 over Sport trim gets you S line, which adds styling additions, larger 18-inch alloy wheels, LED head and taillights and brushed aluminium inlays in the interior. From next month buyers can also opt for 'Edition 1' spec, which gets unique grey paint with contrasting darker body sections, 19-iincch alloys and a black styling pack. Insider, there's contrasting stitching in the leather upholstery. 

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The Q2 range tops out for the moment at £30,610, which will buy you a 148bhp 2.0-litre TDI with quattro all-wheel-drive, in range-topping S line trim. Next year a 187bhp 2.0-litre TFSI peterol will also debut, exclusively with four-wheel drive and an S-Tronic autobox.

With its 'floating blade' C-pillar, plenty of colourful trims and finishes and a youthful market to appeal to, the Q2 is what Audi describe as a Trojan Horse - introduced to get new customers into the brand and used to buying Audis. Those customers will have a choice of four engines - 1.0 and 1.4-litre petrols, and 1.6 and 2.0-litre diesel engines, with power outputs ranging from 113bhp to 148bhp. There will be a choice of six-speed manual of 7-speed dual clutch automatic gearboxes.

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Fortunately, there's a hot model in the pipeline, as an engineer let slip on our exclusive preview event. We're expecting both 'S' and 'RS' models to come, both with highly tuned turbocharged engines, although there's no indication yet if the storming RS 3's 362bhp five-cylinder can fit in the Q2.

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The Q2 also gets the option of variable damping, with a 10mm lower sports suspension kit available too. All cars get a variable steering ratio, and there's five driving modes including an off-road mode. That raises the ride height to 200mm and adjusts the drivetrain for rough surfaces.

As our Geneva show gallery reveals, styling influence is drawn from the Crosslane Coupe concept displayed at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, but the design has matured from a two-door SUV coupe to a swoopy five-door in that time. It’s the first car overseen and signed-off by design boss Marc Lichte, who joined in 2014 and has been relishing the chance to truly make his mark on one of the brand’s models.

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The Q2 is 4.19m in length (around 12cm shorter than the A3), 1.79m wide and just over 1.5m tall (10cm shorter than the Q3).  It also weighs from a relatively light 1205kg. It’s still unmistakably an Audi in profile, but the Q2’s overall design brief was to join the A1 in attracting a younger clientele to the carmaker.

The broad shoulders, sloping roofline and short rear overhangs are crucial to this, as will design details like the hexagonal cutout along the car’s waistline, the ‘blade’ floating C-pillar and striking bonnet lines. The grille remains the same shape, but uses fresh ‘egg-crate’ slats to give it extra personality.

Colour schemes will also be an essential part of creating the youthful image Audi is after. There will be 12 body colours offered at launch, a well as a big list of options for customisation inside and out including a two-tone roof and coloured dash inserts. It’s been specifically designed to counter criticism that all Audis come in dour greys, blacks and blues.

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Options on UK cars will include painted bumpers and blades, 16 to 19-inch alloy wheels, interior inlay colouring and contrasting piping on the seats. There will be a choice of cloth, alcantara and leather for the upholstery, too, and you can specifiy the new Audi Virtual Cockpit as seen on the new A4. Other interior options focus on younger buyers, such as the wireless phone charger, smartphone connectivity and Bang & Olufsen stereo system.

Exterior design head for the Q2, Gary Telaak, told Auto Express that a junior designer drew up a sketch of the five-door model, and when the Audi board of execs came across it they said “we have to build this”. However, he also talked of a “constant struggle” between the design and quality control department to ensure that the more surfaced exterior of the Q2 could “pass stringent metal pressing standards”. The designers were determined to not see their creation watered-down in any way.

Audi Q2 interior design

Step inside the cabin and things are a bit more familiar. It’s similar in overall look to the current A3, but also incorporates the latest multimedia tech from the new A4, including the optional 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit display replacing the standard dials. A standard 5.8-inch MMI central infotainment screen sits atop the dash, while the upgraded system brings an 8.4-inch unit. Both are controlled via the familiar rotary dial. The Q2 also gets a unique LED ambient lighting system that sees light projected through the panel gaps in the dash, with different designs for day and night. 

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Space hasn’t been neglected in the Q2’s desire for style. There’s reasonable space for four adults in the back (even a six plus-footer as our images show), although the 405-litre boot is quite a way behind the 481-litres offered by the Mercedes GLA. Audi makes the most of the space with the option of a 40/20/40 split-folding seat.

Audi Q2 prices

Model                                   Specification     Transmission      OTR Pricing
Q2 1.0 TFSI (115PS)* SE 6-speed manual £20,230
Q2 1.0 TFSI (115PS)* Sport 6-speed manual £21,780
Q2 1.4 TFSI CoD (150PS)* SE 6-speed manual £22,380
SE 7-speed S tronic £23,930
Q2 1.4 TFSI CoD (150PS) Sport 6-speed manual £23,930
Sport 7-speed S tronic £25,480
Q2 1.4 TFSI CoD (150PS) S line 6-speed manual £26,180
S line 7-speed S tronic £27,730
Q2 1.6 TDI (115PS) SE 6-speed manual £22,480
SE 7-speed S tronic £24,030
Q2 1.6 TDI (115PS) Sport 6-speed manual £24,030
Sport 7-speed S tronic £25,580
Q2 1.6 TDI (115PS) S line 6-speed manual £26,280
S line 7-speed S tronic £27,830
Q2 2.0 TDI (150PS)* Sport 7-speed S tronic £26,930
Q2 2.0 TDI (150PS)* S line 7-speed S tronic £29,180
Q2 2.0 TDI quattro (150PS)* Sport 7-speed S tronic £28,360
Q2 2.0 TDI quattro (150PS)* S line 7-speed S tronic £30,610

*available later in the year.

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The next-generation BMW 6-series and M6 are being given a sharper focus to become proper Porsche rivals when they launch in 2017, the new issue of CAR magazine reveals.

Today’s 6-series - in coupe, cabriolet and Gran Coupe four-door form - are powerful grand tourers that feel more at home on the autobahn than on winding B-roads. But there’s an awareness in Munich that the cars are pretty to look at but overweight, inadequately packaged and relatively soft-edged.

These drawbacks must and will be addressed. See more of this story - and news of the more powerful BMW i8S - in the latest December 2014 issue of CAR magazine. Click here for a free preview.

BMW 6-series (2017): what’s new on G15

Chairman Norbert Reithofer has promised a proper Porsche fighter and a car worthy of the brand’s DTM laurels, CAR hears.

Once again, there will be three different bodystyles from 2017: the 6-series coupe (G15), 6-series cabriolet (G14) and 6-series Gran Coupe (G16).

While the Gran Coupe gets a longer wheelbase for a more spacious interior, the other two 6-series variants will actually come down in size. This will help BMW’s ambitious weight-saving efforts, said to shave about 200 kilos off the grand total.

While the new 640i Coupe will likely tip the scales at around 1560kg, the corresponding soft-top is expected to check out of the calorie counter at 1700 kilos. Hardly a bantamweight, then…

A new architecture for the new 6-series

All future 6-series derivatives are based on an advanced modular architecture which used to be known internally as 35up for 3-series, 5-series and bigger. This matrix has recently been renamed CLAR, which is short for cluster architecture.

The new acronym was chosen to stress the extra flexibility provided by fewer but more versatile submodules (clusters) which are more extensively adjustable in content, size and adaptability.

CLAR also stands for a more advanced material mix which introduces some carbon fibre elements, additional high-strength steel sections, selected magnesium and titanium accents, and a broader variety of aluminium alloys. Result? Lighter weight - and a lower centre of gravity, as the weight can be positioned carefully around the structure.

In combination with shorter overhangs and a wider track, this should make the high-end two-door models notably more agile and inspiring, engineers hope. In addition to air breathers, air curtains and downforce-enhancing front and rear air blades, insiders are predicting an active aero kit which would be standard on the M6 and optional on the rest of the range.

Engines in the new BMW 6-series (2017)

It is clear that the Bavarian Motor Works will continue to put a strong emphasis on the evolution of the legendary straight six, codenamed B57, B58 and S55. Motors already confirmed to CAR include:

BMW 640i 3.0-litre in-line six (B58) 347bhp
BMW 640d 3.0-litre in-line six (B57) 333bhp
BMW 650i 4.4-litre V8 476bhp
BMW M6 4.4-litre V8 bi-turbo 600bhp

Four-wheel drive xDrive models will be offered across the board, but a hybrid is at this point not pencilled in.

Click here for a digital preview of CAR magazine, out now in print and in digital editions.

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