Audi has unveiled the SQ2, a hotter version of its Q2 city SUV.

Powering the SQ2 is the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine from the Volkswagen Golf R and Audi S3, which produces 220kW of power and 400Nm of torque in this guise. Drive is sent to all wheels through a quattro all-wheel-drive system and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, launching it to 100km/h in 4.8 seconds.

Under the skin, Audi has added stiffer suspension that rides 20mm lower and adaptive steering. There are also uprated brakes, measuring in at 340mm at the front and 310mm at the rear, housed within black-painted calipers. In front of those brakes are standard-fit 18-inch wheels, wrapped in 235/45 tyres – 19-inch rims with 235/35 rubber are available as an option.

Visually, the SQ2 gets a sportier bodykit to differentiate it from its non-S counterparts, which includes a black front grille with eight vertical bars, front splitter, rear diffuser, quad exhaust tips, side skirts, aluminium-trimmed mirrors and a black rear spoiler.

Inside, there’s a sports steering wheel, sports seats trimmed in leather and cloth, centre armrest, brushed aluminium trim, metallic pedals and footrest and a black headliner. Optional interior elements include leather and Alcantara trim, Nappa leather upholstery, red-ringed air vents and a flat-bottomed steering wheel with paddles.

Infotainment and safety technology is identical to that of the wider Q2 range.

The Audi SQ2 goes on sale in Europe in early 2019, with an Australian launch set to occur before the end of next year. It will make its public debut at the Paris motor show next month.

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