The North American International Auto Show in Detroit saw Audi present its new Audi SQ5, an SUV that packs in the latest technology. With a 3.0 TFSI engine, it offers powerful performance and enhanced efficiency.
Along with the unveiling of its huge Q8 SUV, Audi surprised fans by releasing its latest model of cars under the Audi Q5 brand name. This newer version of Audi overshadows the previous version as it houses a 3.0-liter V6 engine.
The car comes with a 2.995-liter V6 TFSI engine and is expected to deliver an output of 260 kW (354 hp). The powertrain is quite similar to the one being used in the latest S4 and S5.
Per reports, the new Audi SQ5 consumes approximately 8.3 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (28.3 miles per gallon). With environmental issues becoming a pressing concern, Audi has worked on its exhaust features.
The SQ5 is expected to release an exhaust CO2 equivalent of 189 grams per kilometer (304.2 grams per mile). Compared to its predecessor, this particular model offers a reduction of 13 grams per kilometer (20.9 grams per mile).
The horsepower remains unchanged when compared to the previous SQ5. The car comparatively weighs about 77 pounds less. Coupled with the turbo engine is an eight-speed standard and automatic all-wheel drive. With the Quattro (all-wheel drive system), the power delivery process gets enhanced and, therefore, assists in shuffling the power left and right to aid the whole cornering process.
Being an SUV, the Audi SQ5 sports elevated on-road and off-road suspension settings.
Audi SQ5 Features
The suspension gives the car a lower ride height by default. With required height and firmness that are adjustable, Audi offers an off-road position that raises the car to a particular level for maximum ground clearance.
The SQ5 comes with a sportier interior than its Q5 siblings. The other prerequisites that are incorporated in the model are a multifunction steering wheel, bolstered seats, illuminated door sills, enhanced cabin experience, and more.
Other than the improved performance and styling tweaks, the SQ5 comes with MMI touch infotainment with 4G connectivity, automatic emergency braking, facilities like pedestrian detection, and more. All these new and interesting features make this car a much talked-about model at the Detroit Auto Show.
Audi will be selling the new 2018 SQ5 in fall 2017. Even though the excitement is building up, the company is yet to disclose any details about its pricing and the related offers that will be provided to its buyers.
At present, the car is being produced in the Mexico factory and will be available in Germany from mid-2017.