A 309bhp SQ5 TDI model will spearhead a revised Audi Q5 line-up that’s set to go on sale in the UK from September.
The twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 diesel model, first previewed by the 2009 Q5 Custom Concept, is likely to make its first public appearance at the Le Mans 24Hrs in June. The standard car will be launched at the Paris show in September.
The stylistic changes to the facelifted Q5 are subtle — aimed, in part, at ensuring solid residuals for the earlier model. The lightly disguised black prototype pictured here wears an optional S-line styling package, complete with 19in wheels. The copper-coloured mule, on the other hand, reveals the new SUV’s standard appearance.
Inside, there’s a new range of steering wheels and new trim applications together with the latest MMI (multi-media interface), bringing it up to the same standard as other recent Audis.
Audi will introduce two new 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesels in place of today’s popular units, kicking out 148bhp and 187bhp.
A smaller supercharged 3.0-litre petrol engine with 272bhp replaces the existing 3.2-litre V6.
Audi is also planning a petrol version of the SQ5 primarily for the US market, powered by an uprated version of the supercharged 3.0-litre V6 and producing 325bhp.
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