What is it?
The car you see here is the new Audi SQ2. As you’ll be able to deduce from its name, it’s a sharper, faster version of Ingolstadt’s smallest SUV.
Beneath that snouty front end it has a turbocharged four-pot motor that develops 296bhp and 295lb ft of torque, four-wheel drive, a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and a sub-5.0sec 0-60mph time. It has a base price tag higher than £35,000, but lower than £40,000.
If you think that formula sounds familiar, you’d be right. You could tack that exact same description on to the Cupra Ateca, the Volkswagen Golf R, and the forthcoming Volkswagen T-Roc R, too - perhaps with the exception of price for the latter.
Now, when I was at school, I was always told that copying a classmate’s work was a big no-no. The same went for copy-pasting something from the internet and passing it off as my own work - you just didn’t do it. While the world of automotive manufacturing is obviously totally different to that of the classroom, I can’t help but detect a whiff of the above going on at Volkswagen Group at the moment.
Obviously, platform sharing is nothing new. And it’s a good thing that this ubiquity is countered by the fact each arm of the VW Group has its own distinct image. Being an Audi, the SQ2 should theoretically come with a chic, tech-rich cabin; and be able to stick to the road with the same tenacity as one of those facehuggers from Alien.