Audi reveals the Audi SQ5Audi launches first S diesel model
22 June 2012
Audi has revealed details of its SQ5, the firm’s first ever S model to be powered by a diesel engine.
The new Audi SQ5 goes on sale in the UK in October, priced from ‘around £45,000’ according to the German carmaker.
3.0-litre twin-turbo diesel engine
The SQ5 is fitted with Audi’s 309bhp 3.0-litre bi-turbo diesel engine. This gives the car strong performance, with 0-62mph taking 5.1 seconds.
Efficiency is respectable for a large 4x4: the Audi will return a claimed 39.2mpg combined with 190g/km CO2 emissions, equating to £250 car tax (VED).
The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and Audi’s quattro four-wheel drive system as standard. Combined with a prodigious 479 lb-ft of torque (pulling power) and a 2.4-tonne max towing weight, the SQ5 will also be a practical towing vehicle.
The Audi SQ5 gets a new grille, a roof spoiler and redesigned front and rear bumpers to differentiate it from the rest of the Audi Q5 range. Larger 20-inch alloy wheels and a 10mm lower ride height complete the package of revisions and reinforce the car’s sportier credentials.
Inside, the SQ5’s interior is trimmed in black leather and it features electric seats as standard, as well as a host of additional S badges. Boot space is unchanged over the standard car’s 540-litre offering (1,560 litres with the rear seats folded).
Priced from £45,000
Audi says the SQ5 will cost around £45,000 when it goes on sale in October.
By comparison, the current range-topping Range Rover Evoque Dynamic costs £39,995 and uses a significantly less powerful 187bhp 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine – meaning 0-62 in 8.5 seconds – and it has less standard equipment.