Audi is reducing its lineup. In the summer of 2021, it became known that the A1 would disappear from the range, and now Handelsblatt has found out that the most compact Q2 crossover will suffer the same fate. The current, first-generation model has been on sale since 2016, and its life cycle is coming to an end: the crossover will be retired without a successor. The exception will be the Chinese Audi Q2L and its electric modification, which will remain on sale.
The last restyling of the Audi Q2 was in 2020, when the changes were reduced to a light facelift, slightly changed dimensions and an extended list of standard equipment. In Europe, the crossover is offered with a 1.5-liter turbo engine with 150 horsepower, 116-horsepower 1.0 TFSI and 2.0 TFSI (190 hp), as well as two diesel versions – 1.6 TDI (116 hp) and 2.0 TDI (150 hp).
In a conversation with Handelsblatt, Audi CEO Markus Duesmann explained the decision to retire the Q2 as “strengthening the brand’s premium image.” Accordingly, junior models will be removed from the range, but new models of the upper price range will be added. These include electric vehicles, the number of which in the Audi lineup will reach 20 by 2025.
According to Audi’s electrification strategy, from 2026 all new models of the brand will be exclusively electric, and by the end of the decade, the automaker will finally abandon internal combustion engines.
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