Buyers wanting a new SQ5 can currently only purchase one that’s already in stock, with no date set for when new specification models can be ordered.
“Audi UK has filled all the available SQ5 production slots in its 2018 model year allocation and only a limited number of cars remain in Audi centre stock,” said a company spokesman. “Customers looking to place an order can contact their local Audi centre for the latest inventory information.”
However, a source told Autocar that the SQ5, which is a hot version of the Q5 SUV, has been pulled from production because Audi is preparing the car to conform to the stricter Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP), which comes into force from 1 September.
All new cars delivered after that date will need to conform to the WLTP’s emissions limits, which are considered to be tougher than the outgoing lab-based New European Driving Cycle test because the new procedure measures exhaust emissions during real-world driving.
The changes mean that any car set for a September delivery date – even one ordered months before that – would have to comply with the new rules. Our source suggested that the SQ5 may be among a likely large number of cars from multiple manufacturers that are being suspended from showrooms until they have been adjusted to WLTP standards. BMW has previously admitted to Autocar that it will be doing this with the M4.