The SQ5 Sportback heads a whole new model line-up from Audi, bringing with it the same mild-hybrid diesel drivetrain and other key mechanical components, including a specially tuned sport suspension, as the recently facelifted SQ5.
Conceived to rival the likes of the BMW X4 M40d and Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupé in a growing market segment for what Audi likes to describe as “performance-related crossover utility vehicles,” the new Mexican-built SUV forgoes the upright rear of the SQ5 for an arguably more stylish arrangement, with a coupé-like look similar to that of the electric E-tron Sportback.
Included in the makeover is a more heavily sloping roof and a large liftback-style tailgate – elements that clearly provide the new Audi with a more rakish appearance than the SQ5.
They’re not the only distinguishing features, though. Up front, the SQ5 Sportback receives its own unique honeycomb style grille, while the rear receives reshaped OLED tail-lights whose graphic alters in appearance when the driver selects the most sporting of the seven driving modes: Dynamic.
While other markets, including the US, are offered the SQ5 Sportback with a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine, UK versions receive the turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 diesel already found in the SQ5.
It's combined with a 48V electric system that supports an electrically powered compressor (the EPC in Audi speak) that spools up at light throttle loads when the exhaust gas driven boost pressure is insufficient to fully activate the engine’s single turbocharger to reduce lag and strengthen step-off performance. Once the turbocharger is spinning at normal speeds, the EPC shuts down.