2019 Audi SQ5 available to order in spring
Set to rejoin the UK range in the spring, Audi has released more details regarding its high performance mid-size SUV, the desirable Audi SQ5.
With a 3.0 V6 TDI engine offering 342hp and 700 Nm torque, as well as a 5.1-second 0-62mph time and CO2 output of as little as 172g/km, it also features an electrically powered compressor, classic turbocharger and 48V mild hybrid technology.
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In the interest of rapid response and optimal fuel economy, the 48-volt system has enabled the SQ5 to take onboard the same electrically powered compressor used first by the SQ7 TDI and the mild hybrid system used by A6, A7 and A8 models.
The electrically powered compressor is also the ideal assistant for the classic turbocharger. It is active whenever the exhaust gas flow provides too little energy to drive the turbocharger, such as when starting off and accelerating in the low-rev range.
The mild hybrid system in the new Audi SQ5 TDI can reduce real-world fuel consumption by as much as 0.7 litres per 100 kilometres. If the driver lifts off the accelerator at speeds of between 34mph and 99mph the SUV can either recuperate, run at idle with the clutch disengaged or coast with the engine off for up to 40 seconds depending on driver setting and driving situation.
A fast and smooth-shifting eight-speed tiptronic handles the power transmission. Its lower gears feature closely spaced ratios, while the upper gears are longer to reduce revs and fuel consumption.
Like every Audi S model, the new SQ5 TDI features quattro permanent all-wheel drive as standard. In normal driving conditions, its self-locking centre differential distributes torque between the front and rear axles in a 40:60 ratio. When slip is detected, the majority of the power is directed to the axle with the better traction. Depending on the driving situation, a maximum of 70% can flow to the front or 85% to the rear.
What does all this mean? Improved stability, composure and control.
Differentiating itself from the standard Q5 models, a series of exterior styling changes include bolder bumpers, a single frame grille and a rear diffuser. The standard alloy wheels are 20in in diameter.
SQ5 Vorsprung derivative offers an even more lavish and technologically sophisticated specification including a sport differential on the rear axle which can vary the amount of drive sent to each rear wheel.
On the inside, the SQ5 gets sports seats in Alcantara and leather, a leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel, wireless charging and a 12.3in Virtual Cockpit digital instrument display. UK SQ5 TDI and SQ5 TDI Vorsprung models will also feature MMI navigation plus with MMI all-in-touch and an 8.3in display.
The luggage compartment has a basic capacity of 550 litres, which can be increased to 1,550 litres with the seats folded down.
Set to re-join the UK range in the spring, delivering impressive performance as efficiently as possible, pricing for the SQ5 is yet to be revealed. Expect more details when it makes its debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.