Audi SQ5 which debuted for the first time at the Detroit Auto Show is going to be powered by a gasoline engine for the first time. The unit is free-revving, supercharged, three-liter V6 one with a displacement of 2,995 cc.
To go further into details, the 3.0 TFSI engine generates 260 kW (354 hp) between 6,000 and 6,500 rpm, and delivers 470 Nm (346.65 lb-ft) of torque to the crankshaft between 4,000 and 4,500 rpm. This means that for the acceleration from 0 to100 km/h (0-62 mph) the Audi needs only 5.3 seconds. The top speed here is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).
Despite these fantastic numbers, the SQ5 consumes on average 8.5 liters of fuel per 100 km in the NEDC (21 US mpg) and emits 199 grams per kilometer (320.26 g/m) CO2. Furthermore, the engine is mated to an eight-speed tiptronic transmission and includes quattro permanent all-wheel drive.
What is more, the good aerodynamics of this Audi is further enhanced by lowering of the body with 30 millimeters through the new chassis. The springs and shock absorbers are more tautly tuned for a sporty and balanced setup. In addition, to the athletic stance of the SUV contribute the 20-inch wheels which are fitted with 255/45-series tires. The brake calipers on the front axle sport the SQ5 badge.
Some design elements throughout the exterior catch the eye. For instance such are the platinum gray radiator grille with its horizontal double bars in aluminum look, the distinctive bumpers and the roof spoiler, the V6 T badges at the front fenders, the gloss package and exterior mirrors in aluminum look.
And anyone who wishes to be even more unique there are exclusively two crystal-effect finishes: Estoril Blue and Panther Black. The same touch of sportiness carries continues in the interior. The instruments feature gray dials and white numerals; the pedals and shift paddles have a shiny aluminum-look finish.
The interior is in black, and here the sport seats are covered with a combination of Pearl Nappa leather and Alcantara, with four different colors of leather optional. Options include Carbon Atlas, Piano finish or layered aluminum and wood in Beaufort black.
Moreover, the list of standard equipment is very generous and includes all of the above mentioned with the following: xenon plus headlights with LED daytime driving lights, a stainless-steel loading-sill protector and a driver information system with color display.
Audi SQ5 is going to be seen at dealerships in the third quarter of 2013.