After the Q5 Sportback, Audi now presents the performance-oriented SQ5 Sportback TDI. It tops the range of Q5 models.
The Audi SQ5 Sportback TDI is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine that produces 251 kW (337 hp) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque from 1,750 rpm to 3,250 rpm. The transmission is a fast, smooth-shifting 8-speed tiptronic.
Acceleration from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) takes 5.1 seconds. The top speed is 155 mph (250 km/h), electronically limited.
MHEV (48V mild hybrid) and EPC (electric powered compressor) technologies are available for the engine.
The Audi SQ5 Sportback TDI’s S sport suspension with damper control lowers the body by 30 mm (1.2 in) compared with the Q5 Sportback. 20-inch wheels with 255/45 tires are standard, 21-inch wheels from Audi Sport GmbH are alternative.
Audi LED headlights are standard, Matrix LED headlight with automatic high beam and dynamic turn signals are optional. The new digital OLED technology can be chosen for the rear lights.
The interior of the Audi SQ5 Sportback TDI is designed in black or dark gray color. The door sill trims are decorated with S logos. There is a choice of three upholstery options for the electrically adjustable sport seats with the embossed S logos.
Contrasting stitching adorns the seats and the steering wheel; a massage function and seat ventilation are available on request. Brushed aluminum is standard for the inlays, the alternatives are two carbon designs and a piano finish.
Like the Audi Q5 Sportback, the SQ5 Sportback TDI will roll off the assembly line at the San José Chiapa plant in Mexico. Both are available to order now in Europe.
Audi will launch them on international markets in the first half of 2021. Cars for China will be built in CKD (complete knock-down) production at the Changchun plant.