New Audi SQ5 gets TDI engine for an added boost

The New Audi SQ5 now carries a 3.0-liter TDI engine for an even more uprated output. The performance SUV now churns 347 hp with 700 Nm of torque for that added boost.

The V6 diesel accelerates the sports SUV to highway speed in 5.1 seconds on its way to an electrically limited top speed of 250 km/h. In the NEDC it consumes between 6.6 – 6.8 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers corresponding to 172 – 177 grams of CO2 per kilometer (276.8 – 284.9 g/mi). The SQ5 TDI is certified according to the Euro emission standard.

Audi has systematically refined the drive concept from the full-size SQ7 TDI for the new SQ5 TDI. The 48-volt main electrical system includes an electric powered compressor (EPC) and a mild hybrid system. Energy is stored in a compact lithium-ion battery with an electrical capacity of 10 Ah located beneath the luggage compartment floor. An AC/DC converter connects the conventional 12-volt electrical system.

Recuperation, coasting and smooth starts: MHEV technology
Aside from electric powered compressor, the SQ5 TDI SUV comes with MHEV system (mild hybrid electric vehicle), which supposedly reduce real-world fuel consumption by as much as 0.7 liters per 100 km. At its core is a belt alternator-starter (BAS) connected to the crankshaft. During deceleration, it can recuperate up to 12 kW of energy. The fuel saving is determined by the Audi drive select setting, drive conditions and situations. As with hybrids, the car engine stops and reboot again when the accelerator is hit, a start-stop thingy. But Audi does it one step ahead, for the car with adaptive cruise control (ACC) would restart while the brake pedal is still depressed as soon as the vehicle in front of the SUV begins to move.

A fast and smooth-shifting eight-speed tiptronic is paired to handle power delivery. Its lower gears feature short, sporty ratios, while the upper gears are long to reduce revs and fuel consumption. New detailed solutions enable the tiptronic to work effectively with MHEV technology. If the sport SUV is rolling and the engine is idling or shut off entirely, a clutch in the central transmission opens and interrupts the power connection. An electric oil pump enables the tiptronic to engage the gear while coasting that will be needed at restart.

Like every S model from Audi, the new SQ5 TDI comes standard with quattro all-wheel drive. The other highlight is the Wheel-selective torque control, an intelligent software function complementing the quattro drive. Additionally, sport differential on the rear axle can be added as am option.

Suspension of the new sport SUV includes five-link suspension at the front and rear. The suspension with damper control comes standard in the new SQ5 TDI. It lowers the body by 30 mm with the Q5 with standard suspension. Meanwhile, the combo, of the sport differential, engine, steering and tiptronic, meant that the dampers are integrated into the Audi drive select dynamic handling system.

The new Audi SQ5 TDI comes standard with 20-inch cast aluminum wheels and 255/45-series tires. 21-inch wheels are available as an option. Furthermore, there is a choice of three different 21-inch wheel designs from Audi Sport. To add to the looks, aluminum six-piston calipers go on the front axle grip steel discs with a diameter of 375 mm, along with black calipers (red optional) sport S logos.

As a performance SUV, loads of driver’s assistance systems are installed for example; the predictive efficiency assistant, Audi active lane assist and distance warning display, as well as an optional Tour assist package. Other optional items comprise: rear cross traffic assist, exit warning, collision avoidance assist and turn assist, and the Audi Pre-sense.

For entertainment and driver interactions, there’s the MMI control, info system, optional Audi virtual cockpit, a 12.3-inch display, a Bang & Olufsen Sound System with 3D and an Audi phone (not for worldwide markets).

Audi SQ5 TDI: Exterior and Interior

For looks, the SQ5 TDI gets a sportier demeanor with the recognizable Audi singleframe grille, bolder bumpers and a honeycomb-grille diffuser at the rear. Head- and rear-lights are made up of LEDs with dynamic turn signals. At the same time, a special hue of Panther Black is reserved for the SQ5 TDI.

Inside, a dark-toned cabin welcomes the driver and passengers with illuminated door sills bearing exclusive S logos. Contrasting stitching on the leather steering wheel and sport seats conveys a dynamic and elegant ambiance. The S sport seats in leather and Alcantara can be upgraded to fine Nappa leather with rhombus pattern and a pneumatic massage function. Brushed aluminum inlays are standard, with elegant wood applications or an exclusive carbon inlay available as options. The shift paddles on the steering wheel sport an aluminum-look finish; there are stainless steel applications on the pedals and footrest. Optional rear bench plus u=is available for fitment. The boot has a capacity of 550 liters, expandable to 1,550 liters.

The new Audi SQ5 3.0 TDI hits dealerships in Germany in quarter two and has a starting price of 67,750  euros. 

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