The updated Audi SQ5 TDI has been revealed ahead of an Australian launch in the second quarter of 2021.
Power comes from a revised version of the 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 diesel engine which is now supported by mild-hybrid technology. In total, the system develops 251kW of power (a drop of 4kW) and 700Nm of torque.
Audi claims the 0-100km/h sprint takes 5.1 seconds and the top speed is an electronically-limited 250km/h.
In the quest for efficiency, changes to the engine include new forged steel pistons, a water-to-air intercooler, and a lighter turbocharger compressor wheel.
An eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission sends drive to the quattro permanent all-wheel-drive system.
In normal driving situations, the system distributes torque between the front and rear axle in a 40:60 ratio. Up to 70 per cent can flow to the front wheels and a maximum of 85 per cent to the rear wheels.
The standard S sport suspension with damper control lowers the body by 30mm when compared with the Q5.
Equipment highlights include 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 255/45 tyres, LED headlights, quad exhaust tips, metallic-look mirror caps and unique badging.
On the inside, the SQ5 gets electrically-adjustable sport seats with embossed S logos, leather trim, a flat-bottomed sports steering wheel, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and the brand’s latest MIB3 infotainment platform displayed on a 10.1-inch central touchscreen.
Safety will also get a boost with turn assist, collision avoidance assist, exit warning and adaptive cruise assist included as standard.
The updated SQ5 TDI is expected to arrive in Australia in the second quarter of 2021, full specs and pricing will be announced closer to the launch date.
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