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Audi's Q2 taunts US with design, tech, lack of availability (pictures)

Choices abound in Audi's latest crossover, from technology to powertrains to everything in between.

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Variety is the spice of life, which makes the Q2 one spicy pepper.

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It will debut in Europe with six separate powertrain options.

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Three of them are gas engines -- two four-cylinders and one tiny three-cylinder.

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On the diesel site, there's a 1.6-liter unit, as well as two variants of a 2.0-liter.

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The 2.0 motors come standard with a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission, but the base transmission is a six-speed manual.

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That expands to 37.1 cubic feet once the second row is folded down.

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A head-up display is also optional equipment.

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We checked it out at the Geneva Motor Show. The Q2 rides on Volkswagen's MQB platform, which underpins the VW Golf and the Audi A3.

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There's no fancy, space-age material here -- its body panels are made of good old-fashioned steel.

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With a curb weight under 2,700 pounds, even its littlest engine should provide the car with plenty of hustle.

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Autonomous emergency braking is standard equipment on the Q2.

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Buyers can also opt for adaptive cruise control with full speed control up to 40 mph, blind-sport monitor, automated parking, sensors and speed-limit recognition.

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The Q2 arrives in Europe in the third quarter of 2016, and while it's unlikely to arrive in the US, it'd make for a great poor man's Evoque.

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Front-wheel drive is standard, but its all-wheel drive is heavily front biased and won't send power rearward until the front wheels start to slip.

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Inside, the Q2's rocking two separate screens -- a 12.3-inch HD screen that replaces the gauge cluster, and a redundant infotainment screen atop the dashboard in one of two available sizes.

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Opting for the navigation screen earns you a Wi-Fi hotspot.

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Buyers have the ability to upgrade to a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium sound system, as well.

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The Q2 promises 14.3 cubic feet of luggage space in the back.

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