To add an even more dynamic edge to the Q5 SUV
, Audi is introducing the SQ5, which comes with a more powerful petrol engine and improved sporty inner workings.
Fitted with quattro all-wheel drive, ‘S’ suspension with electronic damper control and an eight-speed toptronic automatic transmission, the SQ5 can sprint from 0-60mph in 5.2 seconds and on to a limited top speed of 155mph.
The V6 under the bonnet produces an impressive 349bhp and as well as superb performance, it offers innovative combustion technology that helps to improve fuel consumption to 34mpg and if needed, the car can freewheel between 34 and 99mph when the driver takes his foot off the accelerator.
To assist the quattro system, Audi installs the wheel-selective torque control to help provide a tighter turn-in into corners at higher speeds by slightly braking the inner wheels and helping maintain stability through the corner.
For even more sporty performance, you can add the sport differential that helps distribute the torque more evenly, push the car into the corners and also contain understeer to keep you on track.
With an altered exterior to differentiate it from the standard Q5, the SQ5 comes with a more contoured front and rear bumper, S-specific air inlets and radiator grille, and LED lighting technology, which includes high beam assist and optional matrix LED headlights.
Driver assistance systems also come as standard, with those fitted including adaptive cruise control, traffic jam assist and active lane assist, with park assist, cross traffic rear assist and collision avoidance assist also installed.
Inside, Audi fits a leather-trimmed steering wheel and Nappa leather, electrically adjustable S sports seats with diamond stitching. Also, carbon fibre and aluminium detailing gives the interior a premium feel, with the pedals and footrest finished in stainless steel.
Fitted with the top-end MMI infotainment and navigation system, the SQ5 can be optionally fitted with the innovative virtual cockpit system, which fits into the instrument binnacle behind the steering wheel. Smartphone connectivity also comes as standard, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto installed.
The Audi SQ5 is now available to order from your nearest JCT600 Audi Centre, and at £51,200, it is competitively priced with other premium SUVs.
Added: 23 February 2017