Delivering a power output of 308 HP together with a peak torque of 650 Nm and being powered by a diesel engine, the SQ5 SUV was introduced by Audi last summer, announcing at that time that the TDI would hit the European markets only. However, the next Detroit Auto Show is going to reveal to enthusiasts a second iteration of the SQ5, one that receives its power from a supercharged gasoline engine, although Audi maintains its intentions regarding the availability of the SQ5 TDI.
Audi informs that markets such as Ukraine, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, South Korea, Singapore, Russia, China, Canada and the United States are planned to receive this model which, obviously, will not be released in Europe. Audi's 3.0-liter supercharged V6 comprising a compressor with two rotors that spin at over 2,000 rpm is to be found at the heart of the new SQ5 with the TSI producing an impressive 349 HP between 6,000 and 6,500 rpm and delivering 470 Nm of peak torque between 4,000 and 4,500 rpm. Power is further transferred to the road through an eight-speed tiptronic and Quattro permanent all-wheel drive, while the 0-62 mph sprint is covered in only 5.3 seconds, featuring an electronically limited speed of 250 km/h together with an average fuel consumption of 8.5 lt/100 km in the NEDC. The car also appears to be environmental- friendly as it returns CO2 emissions of 199g/km.
The TDI version reaches the 0-62 mph in 5.1 seconds, it achieves a maximum speed of 250 km/h as well as a fuel economy of 7.2 lt/100 km. Furthermore, new 20-inch wheels, with the option of acquiring the 21-inch ones also, shod in 255/45 tires are available, while the gasoline-powered SQ5 rides on a 30 mm lowered chassis which integrates shock absorbers and tauter springs. Featuring a "steplessly variable ratio", an optional dynamic steering is offered by Audi. The same styling cues, both for the interior and the exterior, are shared by the SQ5 TDI and TSI, except for the US market model which comprises coloured tuning signals up front. The driver and passengers will enjoy in the cabin seats trimmed in leather, a sports steering wheel, an aluminum-look décor and gray dials featuring white numerals for the instruments. Two exclusive crystal-effect finishes called Estoril Blue and Panther Black are provided by Audi, while exterior appointments boast side skirts, a rear diffuser, exterior mirrors in aluminum block, a gloss package and a platinum gray radiator grille with aluminum-look bars. According to the information released by Audi, the new SQ5 TSI is scheduled to hit the US dealerships at the end of 2013, without any reference to the pricing yet.
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