New hot SUV can hit 62mph in 5.4sec and features oversteer encouraging differential technology

The 2017 Audi SQ5 has been revealed at the Detroit motor show with a 3.0-litre V6 engine that produces 349bhp and oversteer increasing differential technology.

The car's TFSI unit also produces 369lb ft of torque and can accelerate the hot SUV from 0-62mph in 5.4sec. Top speed is limited to 155mph.

The engine uses a higher compression ratio and high-pressure injectors, as well as a twin-scroll turbocharger to improve efficiency. Audi’s Q5 range-topper is also said to return 34mpg combined according to NEDC tests, and emits 189g/km of CO2.

New for the SQ5 is an optional sport differential, which can send more torque to the outside rear wheel in order to encourage oversteer. The car uses five-link front and rear suspension and sits on 20in alloys as standard - 21in alternatives are optional. Braking is handled by six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers. The fronts bite into 350mm diameter discs.

Driver assist programmes include adaptive cruise control, traffic jam assist, active lane assist, cross traffic assist, collision avoidance assist and an auto parking function and hill descent control.

As standard, the SQ5 gets top-spec MMI infotainment with an 8.3-inch touchscreen. The system can receive handwritten inputs into its screen as well as gesture control. It also offers LTE internet connectivity.

Optional is Audi's virtual cockpit technology, which uses a 12.3-inch display in place of the car's dials, and can be customised to show different information according to the driver's preferences.

Pricing will be confirmed when the model goes on sale later this month; a slight increase on the old car's £52,300 list is predicted. First deliveries are due to arrive in Britain this April.

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9 January 2017
...has become of the diesel version?

You'd have thought that would've warranted a mention in this article...

9 January 2017
Big Jeff wrote:

...has become of the diesel version?

You'd have thought that would've warranted a mention in this article...

Audi's press release was an Ingolstadt/Detroit affair and didn't mention the diesel at all, so I guess Autocar only used what was in the release. It merely said that the petrol V6 would come to the UK for the first time. I'd be surprised if the diesel wasn't offered as it's a relatively big seller.


9 January 2017
It's more conspicuous that it isn't mentioned at all. Autocar is a British site/mag, a simple 'this is the first time the petrol engine SQ5 will be available in the UK, there's no news on the diesel version yet' would suffice.

9 January 2017
There had always been a petrol SQ5 in the US and other places, so no surprise it's this that has launched at NAIAS. But what of the diesel version? Dead? Will it be launched later and joined by the petrol one?

9 January 2017
Must take a while to get the diesel cheat free

10 January 2017
Ski Kid wrote:

Must take a while to get the diesel cheat free

zzz

9 January 2017
Audi is copying the iPad of Mercedes? Are they out of their mind!?

No manual - no fun

10 January 2017
5.4 to 60 seems incorrect with those power and torque figures. Unless Audi is content with a car that is slower than it's indirect predecessor.

14 January 2017
Bought an SQ5 down under 3 years ago. Noticed that on occasion car ran in hesitant fashion at low speed so told them at first service 3 years ago. At each service and several times they updated the ECU. No change. After 3 years as warranty ending they took car in to fix problem. Audi Australia took over the fix as there are several vehicles down under doing similar thing. Car now been sitting in local dealership for 10 weeks !!! Top man flown out from Germany after local software people could not find fix. 3 days on the keyboard writing furiously driving car and talking to base and off back home. No fix yet. Apparently car in WA had two bods out for similar time then went home. No fix and until I rang Ingoldstadt one day, lousy communication. Treated me like mushroom. Latest Info they are working on it. The only nice thing is that I have put 4 thousand K on an SQ5 plus which was brand new as a loan car ! Must say Plus is a step up , no quicker but the torque vectoring dir makes car more precise when pressing on which I am doing with their tyres! So the point of my woe is the new car is more expensive and will be better but probably not in daily use much different . Audi still have the ridiculous fuel cut off when braking on all models I have driven and so using left foot to brake as per LJK Setright produces a hesitation when you get back on the go pedal too fast . My wife says I can't buy another Audi although I drive the SQ5 for work,she drives an old Bimmer. Never hesitated or gone wrong and great communication .

Lanman

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