Stronger and lighter than ever before

Detroit (United States), 9 January 2016

After the new Audi Q5 already 2016 saw the light of the world, it was now time to adapt the sporty top version SQ5 on the new model. At the auto show NAIAS in Detroit (8-22 January 2017) the Ingolstädter ventilated the curtain now: Audi releases the SQ5 on his opponents with a revised engine, lower weight, and new look.

Fresher appearance

Visually, the new SQ5 adapts his radical brother Q5. New more contoured aprons, larger air intakes and a separate diffuser withdraw the sport model of weaker motorized versions. Standard 20-inch forged wheels are mounted. Both headlights and tail lights are completely made of LED. Thanks to various new material mix applications, Audi could express the weight of the SQ5 around 35 kilograms. Now the SUV weighs "just" 1,995 kilograms.

Now with gasoline engine

Audi uses a turbocharged three-liter TFSI with 354 Horsepower and 500 Newton metres of torque in the engine. The power gets out so fell to 14 HP, the torque at the previous SQ5 TDI plus with 700 Newton meters but higher. Even with the engine Audi could save valuable weight: 14 kg less brings the new engine in comparison to the previous diesel-V6-heart on the scale. In connection with the eight-speed Steptronic and the standard quattro all-wheel drive, the new SQ5 in 5.4 seconds out of the booth at tempo 100 here was the diesel SQ5 with 5.1 seconds sprinting faster. An optional sport differential ensures dynamic cornering. The new electromechanical power steering and the Adaptive S shock absorbers help.

Plenty of space in the Interior

Inside the Audi bought the SQ5 sport seats as standard with leather and Alcantara upholstery. A massage function is on board. The predicative efficiency Wizard with targeted Fahrhinweisen, the "adaptive Cruise Control"-cruise control including traffic jam Assistant and the sailing function make driving more pleasant. As a five-seater in the SQ5 610 liters of luggage space available, it opens to the rear seat, the place to grow to 1,550 liters.

Market launch and price

The new Audi SQ5 will come mid-2017 on the market. There is a price yet, for a predecessor model Audi however called 67.700 euro. Well possible so that the new SQ5 could break through the 70,000-euro mark. (mf)

by Lana Carlsen

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