After the SQ5 TDI, Audi revealed today ahead of the 2013 Detroit Auto Show the SQ5 powered by a gasoline engine. And yes, we are talking about the well-known 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine delivering 260 kW (354 hp) and 470 Nm (346.65 lb-ft) of torque. With these numbers, the new Audi SQ5 is able to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 5.3 seconds and has a top speed electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).
Still, fuel consumption is 8.5 liters of fuel per 100 km in the NEDC (21 US mpg). This means CO2 emissions of 199 grams per kilometer (320.26 g/m) in the NEDC. The engine is mated to an eight-speed tiptronic gearbox. The chassis of the Audi SQ5 lowers the body 30 millimeters (1.18 in). The new SQ5 comes as standard with 20-inch wheels, but 21-inch wheels are offered as an option.
In terms of design, the new vehicle comes with a platinum gray radiator grille with horizontal double bars in aluminum look, distinctive bumpers, and a roof spoiler. The gloss package and exterior mirrors in aluminum look accentuate the windows.
In addition, there are two exclusive crystal-effect finishes: Estoril Blue and Panther Black. Inside, the SQ5 comes with instruments that feature gray dials and white numerals, while the pedals and shift paddles have a shiny aluminum-look finish.
The interior is bathed in black, with the headlining optionally available in Moon Silver. The sport seats are covered with a combination of Pearl Nappa leather and Alcantara, with four different colors of leather optional.
As expected, the new Audi SQ5 will be available only in some markets, such as: United States, Canada, Russia, China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, South Africa, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and the Ukraine. In the United States, the SQ5 is expected to hit the dealerships in the third quarter of 2013.
The body of the new Audi SQ5 is now lower by 30 mm (1.18 inches), thanks to its new chassis, which is complemented by springs and shock absorbers tuned for a sportier and balanced setup. The SQ5 badge can be found on the brake calipers on the front axle, revealed through 20-inch wheels wrapped in 255/45-series tires. The new Audi SQ5 could also be fitted with 21-inch wheels.
Moreover, the new SQ5 is specified with electromechanical steering that allows for a precise road feel while making the vehicle more efficient. The optional dynamic steering with a steplessly variable ratio is also availed, as controlled through the optional Audi drive select system. This system allows drivers to choose between several modes in various systems.
Meanwhile, the new SQ5 – which could now be finished in Estoril Blue and Panther Black exclusive crystal-effect finishes – features a front end defined by a platinum gray radiator grille with horizontal double bars in aluminum look. This grille is complemented by stunning bumpers and a roof spoiler. The front fenders of the new SQ5 wear V6 T badges. The exterior appearance of the new SQ5 is completed by the gloss package and exterior mirrors in aluminum look.
To make the cabin as sporty as the exterior, it is gifted with instruments featuring gray dials and white numerals as well as with pedals and shift paddles in aluminum finish.