In order to take on Bmw, Audi is preparing the SQ5 TDI, powered by the popular 3.0 TDI engine delivering 309bhp. This model was first previewed by the Q5 Custom Concept presented by Audi at the 2009 Worthersee Tour.
According to Autocar, the new Audi SQ5 TDI will make its first public appearance in June at the 24 Hours Le Mans endurance race, while the standard car will show up at the 2012 Paris Motor Show in September.
Besides a powerful engine, the new Audi Q5 will also receive a facelift consisting of a new set of headlights as well as minor updates. The interior will also receive a new range of steering wheels, new trim applications as well as the latest MMI a.k.a. multi-media interface.
Moreover, two new 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engines will be introduced, delivering 148bhp and 187bhp. The new 3.0-liter petrol engine delivering 272bhp will replace the current 3.2-litre V6.
Besides the SQ5 TDI, Audi is also planning a petrol version of the SQ5 especially for the United States market, powered by a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 delivering 325bhp.
Audi SQ5 TDI will be available in late summer 2012 with a 58,500-euro price tag. It is the top model of the brand’s Q5 series and is likewise the first S model in Audi history equipped with a diesel engine. The car’s 3.0 TDI, which is charged by 2 turbochargers, delivers no less than 313 hp or 230 kW in power and an impressive torque of 479.42 lb-ft or 650 Nm between 1,450 and 2,800 rpm.
Moreover, the car’s V6 diesel, which produces power from a 2,967 cc displacement, has been designed or created as a twin-turbo unit, with a flap joining the two turbochargers that are arranged in series. Also, the cooling of the car’s cylinder heads, as well as the strokes and control times of the intake camshafts, the spray oil cooling, the pistons, and the piston rods, were adapted into the high-performance concept. In addition, the car’s common rail system can build up to 2,000 bar of pressure and can execute a maximum of 8 partial injections into its cylinders. What’s more, a sound actuator located in the exhaust system can give a deep sonorous sound to the car’s twin-turbo-V6.
In addition, the new SQ5 TDI can sprint from 0 to 62.14 mph in 5.1 seconds, and it has a top speed of 155.34 mph. The average combined fuel consumption for the car is only 7.2 liters per 100 km or 32.67 US mpg. This value is enabled also by contributions from energy recovery, start-stop systems, regulated oil pump, and thermal management. An 8-speed tiptronic shifting quickly as well as the quattro permanent 4-wheel drive transfers the power of the engine onto the road.
Lastly, the body is lowered 1.18 inches by the S sport suspension, and mounted to 20” wheels in 5 parallel spoke design are size 255/45 tires. You can also opt for 21” diameter wheels with size 255/40 tires. Meanwhile, S badges decorate the black brake calipers found on the front wheels. Also a standard feature in the car is the system for drive select dynamic handling.