The new Audi SQ5, due next year, is deep into development, and significant attention is being paid to the handling to make it more involving to drive.
One senior engineer involved in the project promised the car would be able to oversteer, and would make for a much livelier drive than the standard car on which it is based.
As with the current SQ5, there will be V6 petrol and diesel versions developed for sale in different regions around in the world. Europe will get the 3.0-litre V6 diesel, with power increased significantly over the 282bhp of the initial range-topping Q5 V6 diesel thanks to revised turbocharger and new tuning.
The SQ5 is likely to get steel springs and passive dampers as standard, with air springs and adaptive dampers optional. The suspension will be overhauled over the standard Q5 for a sportier drive. The steering software will also be tweaked, with a dynamic variable steering system optional.