Audi reveals the SQ5
Audi surprised race goers by unveiling the SQ5 TDI at this weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours.
Looking pretty much like a normal Q5 with the S-Line bodykit, the model features new bumpers, a revised grille and a tailgate-mounted spoiler. There is also sport-tuned suspension (which reduces the ride height by 30mm), faux-aluminium mirror caps and 20-inch alloy wheels (with 21-inch versions available in case you really hate your spine).
Interior changes are limited, but the cabin has been equipped with sport seats, revised instrumentation and plenty of S badging.
But the place in which the SQ5 differs from every S-model in the past is that it is powered by a diesel engine. Audi claim that the powerful diesel motor is more suited to the SQ5’s limited dynamic abilities and endows it with more torque.
Said power comes from a twin-turbo 3.0 litre V6 TDI engine that produces 307 bhp and 479 lb/ft of torque. It is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power to a Quattro all-wheel drive system. This enables the crossover to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 5.1 seconds, hit a (limited) top speed of 155mph and average 39.2 mpg UK.
The SQ5 TDI will go on sale early next year and pricing starts at €58,500 in Germany. UK pricing will be confirmed soon.
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