Audi has announced details of a petrol-engined SQ5 ahead of its Detroit début (January 14-27), created specifically for customers including those in the United States, Canada, China and Russia, with Europe retaining the SQ5 TDI as the sportiest model in the Q5 range.
This time around, Audi has fitted the company’s supercharged 3.0 TFSI engine which develops 260 kW (354 hp) and 470 Nm of torque, allowing a 0-100 km/h time of just 5.3 seconds and a limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). Average fuel consumption equates to 8.5 litres every 100 kilometres with CO2 emissions of 199 g/km.
Emphasising the compact SUV’s sporty credentials is the V6-T fender badging, a 30 mm reduction in ride height, 20-inch alloy wheels (or optional 21-inchers), black brake calipers, modified bumpers, roof spoiler, platinum grey single-frame grille with aluminium-look struts, roof bars and exterior mirrors.
Inside the cabin, occupants are treated to power-adjustable sport seats in Pearl Nappa leather and Alcantara, brushed aluminum inserts, a specially-shaped steering wheel (with aluminium-look flappy paddles) and S door sill trims, dials, badges and gear knob. Items on the options list include a lunar silver headlining and trim panels in Carbon Atlas, Piano finish or aluminium/wood.