Audi SQ5 arrives with 342bhp mild-hybrid diesel
The new high-performance variant of Audi’s Q5 SUV combines diesel power and mild-hybrid tech
The new Audi SQ5 SUV has been announced with a host of changes, including a new mild-hybrid diesel powertrain and a range of styling updates. It will be available to order from the spring, with a price still to be confirmed.
The new powertrain consists of a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine and a 48v mild-hybrid system similar to the ones seen in the Audi A7 and Q8. The mild-hybrid system includes a belt-driven alternator-starter and a small lithium-ion battery that can recover up to 12kW of energy from braking. In combination, the diesel and mild-hybrid powertrain give the new SQ5 a power output of 342bhp and 700Nm of torque.
Featuring permanent quattro four-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic gearbox, the SQ5 can send up to 85% of its power to the rear wheels. Audi claims the SQ5 can get from 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds and onwards to an electronically limited top speed of 155mph.
The SQ5 is capable of travelling at speeds of up to 13mph over short distances using only the 48v mild-hybrid system. Audi claims fuel economy figures of up to 34.4mpg and a CO2 figure of 177g/km on the WLTP cycle.
Further setting the SQ5 apart from the standard Q5 is a number of chassis upgrades, with adaptive steering, active suspension, torque vectoring and larger brakes.
The exterior features new LED headlights, a restyled front bumper with larger air intakes, a new rear bumper and rear diffuser, aluminium wing mirror caps and 20-inch alloy wheels.
Interior updates for the SQ5 include an 8.3-inch infotainment system with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 12.3-inch digital dial cluster, WiFi hotspot capability, a leather multifunction steering wheel and Alcantara sports seats.
Buyers can also upgrade to the recently announced Vorsprung edition trim level, which includes an array of safety systems as standard such as active lane assist, parking assist, automatic emergency braking, and collision avoidance assist. Vorsprung models also get 21-inch alloy wheels, a Bang & Olufsen stereo system, and Nappa leather upholstery.
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