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The Audi Q2 has been spotted again, thanks to our European spy photographers – the baby Ingolstadt SUV is seen here undergoing winter testing ahead of its expected world premiere at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March.

Not much new to see here; in fact, it’s the exact same mule spied at the Nurburgring in September. Looking very much like a smaller Q3, the Q2 differentiates itself with a smaller “singleframe” grille, larger lower air intakes and narrower, squarer tail lights rather than the broad units typically borne by the larger Q-models.

Designed to go up against the MINI Countryman, Audi’s first B-segment crossover should to be built on the next Volkswagen Polo‘s MQB A0 platform – a derivative of the MQB architecture used on the Mk7 Golf, but with elements of the current A1/Polo’s older PQ25 platform.

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Expect the usual range of four-cylinder turbocharged TFSI petrol and TDI diesel engines, hooked up to either six-speed manual or S tronic dual-clutch transmissions. As with most Audi models, front-wheel drive should be made standard, with quattro all-wheel drive offered on higher-end variants.

Moving up, rumours also hint of the possibility of an e-tron plug-in hybrid variant as well as high-performance SQ2 and RS Q2 models. If true, the SQ2 should be powered by the S1‘s 231 hp 2.0 litre TFSI petrol mill; the RS Q3 by the same engine but boosted to 300 PS, as on the Golf R.