Audi expands range of S models with SQ5 TDI Plus

Article by Andrew Christian, on September 17, 2015

Audi is proud to announce that it will be expanding its S models, starting with the launch of the SQ5 TDI Plus in October. At its core, the SQ5 TDI Plus is an SUV that has the performance levels of a sports car while the Plus version gives greater power output.

Similar to the S models, the SQ5 TDI Plus uses an all-wheel quattro permanent drive system but the main difference is that the new model uses a sport differential on its rear axle in order to distribute better its drive power to the four wheels.

The wheels in turn are 21-inch gloss black cast aluminum with a 5-twin-spoke star design. The tires come in 255/40 R21 sizes. Audi’s Plus version of the SQ5 carries the V6 biturbo TDI which has a power output of 250 kW (340 hp) from merely a three-liter displacement, made possible by an increase in the injection pressure.

Thus power is greater by 20 kW/27 hp compared to Audi’s SQ5 TDI. Maximum torque is increased to 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft), 50 Nm (36.9 lb-ft) greater. Top speed is 250 km/h (155.3 mph) with a 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62.1 mph) acceleration time of 5.1 seconds.

Under the New European Driving Cycle or NEDC, fuel consumption is 6.6 liters for every 100 kilometers (35.6 US mpg). The emissions’ rating meanwhile is at 174 g CO2/km which is equivalent to 280.0 g/mi.

For the Audi SQ5 TDI, the combined fuel consumption is 6.6 for every 1/100 kilometer or 35.6 US mpg, while CO2 emission is 177– 174 g/km (284.9 – 280.0 g/mi). The Plus version meanwhile has a fuel consumption of 6.7 – 6.6 for every l/100 km (35.1 – 35.6 US mpg), with CO2 emissions at 177– 174 g/km (284.9 – 280.0 g/mi).

Exterior Design

All Audi SQ5 TDI models come with the standard black gloss package and with this new release, it can be extended to include the diffuser, door handles, exterior mirror housing, and roof edge.

Another new feature on its exterior is the two clasps that are able to join its four exhaust tailpipes by pairs. Meanwhile on the inside, the rear seat bench can now slide to increase the space of the luggage compartment as needed.

Its armrests found on the door trims have leather upholstery. Seat covers are in fine Nappa leather seat and feature a diamond pattern in silver. However, quattro GmbH has another equipment package which is the "Audi exclusive selection macaw blue."

However, this is only available for 100 units of the SQ5 TDI Plus. Under this package, the exterior is in macaw blue which creates a crystal effect while the interior has sports seats in fine and black Nappa leather.

The seats and steering wheel have contrasting stitching in macaw blue which matches the color on the outside. The floor mats and selector lever gaiter also come in the same contrast stitching which can also provide the necessary color highlights. The inlays are round, black, and in in aluminum/Beaufort completing the whole package.

This exclusive equipment package is available once the model is officially launched for €12,000. The body is painted in the customized color macaw blue, crystal effect and the interior comes with sport seats in black fine Nappa leather.

Matching the exterior color, the macaw blue contrasting stitching on the seats, the steering wheel, the selector lever gaiter and the floor mats provides colorful highlights. The inlays are in aluminum/Beaufort, black, rounding out the overall concept.

The exclusive equipment package can be ordered at launch with a starting price of €12,000 for the SQ5 TDI Plus. Audi’s SQ5 TDI Plus will be released to German dealers and will cost €67,700.

Press Release

Even more power and top-of-the-line equipment: The Audi SQ5 TDI plus with 250 kW (340 hp)

Audi is further expanding its range of S models. In October, the new SQ5 TDI plus* will arrive at German dealerships with more power and driving pleasure and even more extensive equipment – with 250 kW (340 hp), sport differential and 21-inch wheels.

Even in its basic version, the successful Audi SQ5 TDI* comes as an SUV with the performance of a sports car. The plus version has an even higher power output. The biturbo V6 TDI produces 250 kW (340 hp) from its three liters of displacement by way of increased injection pressure. This results in 20 kW/27 hp more power compared to the SQ5 TDI. Its peak torque is increased by 50 (36.9 lb-ft) to 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft). The powerful diesel SUV accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in just 5.1 seconds; the top speed is electronically governed to 250 km/h (155.3 mph). In the NECD cycle, it merely requires 6.6 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (35.6 US mpg) with emission of 174 g CO2/km (280.0 g/mi).

Like all S models from Audi, the SQ5 TDI plus delivers its power to the road via the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. For the first time in the Q5 family, a sport differential at the rear axle actively distributes the drive power to the wheels. The SUV comes with gloss black 21-inch cast aluminum wheels in 5-twin-spoke star design from Audi Sport with size 255/40 R21 tires.

Audi has extended the standard black gloss package to include the exterior mirror housing, the door handles, the roof edge spoiler and the diffuser. A further visual customization feature on the exterior are two clasps that join the four exhaust tailpipes in pairs. Inside, the sliding rear seat bench increases variability and enlarges the luggage compartment, if necessary. The armrests in the door trims are upholstered in leather. The fine Nappa leather seat covers feature a diamond pattern in silver.

In addition to these features, quattro GmbH has put together the special equipment package "Audi exclusive selection macaw blue", which is limited to 100 units, for the SQ5 TDI plus. The body is painted in the customized color macaw blue, crystal effect and the interior comes with sport seats in black fine Nappa leather. Matching the exterior color, the macaw blue contrasting stitching on the seats, the steering wheel, the selector lever gaiter and the floor mats provides colorful highlights. The inlays in aluminum/Beaufort, black, round out the overall concept. The exclusive equipment package can be ordered at launch from a price of €12,000 in the SQ5 TDI plus.

The Audi SQ5 TDI plus costs €67,700 in Germany.

Fuel consumption of the models named above:

Audi SQ5 TDI plus:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 6.7 – 6.6 (35.1 – 35.6 US mpg)**;
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 177– 174 (284.9 – 280.0 g/mi)**

Audi SQ5 TDI:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 6.6 (35.6 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 174 (280.0 g/mi)

**Fuel consumption, CO₂ emission figures and efficiency classes given in ranges depend on the tire/wheel sets used

 

Topics: audi, audi sq5, crossover

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