Audi SQ5 TDI Exclusive Concept coming to the 2012 Paris Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on September 14, 2012

Earlier this year, Audi unveiled the SQ5 TDI, the new top model of the Q5 model series but for this year’s Paris Motor Show the German manufacturer will bring a new version of the Q5: this is the SQ5 TDI Audi Exclusive Concept. The so-called concept will feature new design solutions in the interior and an exclusive exterior finish and Audi will manufacture only 50 units beginning the first quarter of 2013.

The bad news is that this limited edition will be priced at €92,000 in Germany, which is quite a lot because a standard SQ5 TDI will be available for €58,500. Still, don’t think that for these money you won’t get anything because you are wrong. The SQ5 TDI Audi exclusive concept is finished in the Aral Blue crystal effect exterior color, which was developed for the exclusive, limited production model.

Moreover, the car features exterior mirrors with aluminum look while the rear shows four exhaust tailpipes. Inside, we find a leather multifunction sports steering wheel, a gear leather wrapped in Fine Nappa accentuated with contrasting stitching in snow white, black sport seats covered in Fine Nappa leather which feature the same contrasting stitching in snow white and black, woven leather in the center section of the seats (first time that woven leather has been used in a production vehicle).

Furthermore, the Alcantara headlining, the blind for the sunroof and the inlays and applications in the doors shimmer in snow white. Under the hood, we find the same 3.0-liter TDI biturbo engine delivering 313 hp and 650 Nm of torque, enough to push the car from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.1 seconds and to a top speed of zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.1 seconds. Average fuel consumption is 7.2 liters per 100 km (32.67 US mpg).

The sportiness of the new Audi Q5 is made possible by its athletic proportions. Upon closer look, it is easy to tell that the new Audi Q5 comes laden with sculpted surfaces and flowing lines, including the so-called tornado line that runs below the side windows as it returns edges just above the vehicle’s wheels. The new Audi Q5 also features a roof line with an arch like those in coupes.

Since this arc drops early, it complements the swept back A and C pillars. The roofline is visually extended by a spoiler on the rear, and is also complemented by roof rails in anodized aluminum (black is offered as an option) and a standard crossbar. The windows of the new Audi Q5 are made more stylish by a high-gloss package that comes as standard. Likewise, just like any Audi Q models, the new Audi Q5 features tailgate wraps that go around its body.

Despite these tweaks on the exterior looks of the new Audi Q5, its dimensions remain more or less the same – it still measures 4,629 mm (182.24 inches) long in length, 1,898 mm (74.72 in) in width and 1,627 mm (64.06 in) in height, with a wheelbase measuring 2,812 mm (110.71 in).

The design tweaks implemented on the new Audi Q5 have made this Q model more distinctive. For instance, its front end now looks lower and wider. It is also looks more assertive thanks to the sculptural appearance of the Audi rings. Further changes include the high-gloss black single-frame grille now boasting of six corners while its new bumper features integrated large air inlets with high-gloss black inserts. In addition, the fog lights fitted as standard on the Q5 feature chrome ring surrounds.

As for the illumination units, the new Audi Q5 is provided with new headlights, which could be availed as xenon plus lights. When this option is picked, the vehicle’s LED daytime running lights are designed to form a slender yet uniform ring flowing through outer contour of the headlight unit. Moreover, the new Audi Q5 could be fitted with adaptive light that includes a static turning light and a dynamic cornering light.

Press Release

SQ5 TDI Audi exclusive concept in Paris

  • Show highlight: SQ5 TDI Audi exclusive concept
  • Performance SUV with new design solutions as a future limited production vehicle from quattro GmbH

With 230 kW (313 hp), the Audi SQ5 TDI is the new top model of the Q5 model series and also the first S model in the history of Audi with a diesel engine. Added to this performance is a dash of exclusivity: a limited production vehicle from quattro GmbH, which Audi is presenting at the Paris Motor Show as the "SQ5 TDI Audi exclusive concept." The performance SUV will be showcasing new design solutions in the interior and an exclusive exterior finish in a limited production run of just 50 vehicles beginning the first quarter of 2013.

The status of the SQ5 TDI Audi exclusive concept is readily apparent from its appearance alone. The Aral Blue crystal effect exterior finish was specially developed for the exclusive, limited production model and conveys an amazing feeling of depth. As with every S model from Audi, the exterior mirrors are in aluminum look. Xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights are standard. The four exhaust tailpipes dominate the rear of the vehicle.

The interior of the SQ5 TDI Audi exclusive concept dazzles with striking contrasts: The leather multifunction sports steering wheel and the gear lever gaiter in black Fine Nappa leather are accentuated with contrasting stitching in snow white, as are the center armrest and the dashboard cover. A special highlight are the black sport seats covered in Fine Nappa leather, which also feature contrasting stitching in snow white and black, woven leather in the center section of the seats. The SQ5 TDI Audi exclusive concept marks the first time that woven leather has been used in a production vehicle.

The Alcantara headlining, the blind for the sunroof and the inlays and applications in the doors shimmer in snow white. The inlays are natural grain ash. The open-pored veneer has been specially treated to emphasize the grain. The door trims and the entry sills sport Audi exclusive badges.

Production of the SQ5 TDI Audi exclusive concept is limited to 50 vehicles, and the price in Germany will be €92,000. It will be launched in the first quarter of 2013 together with the SQ5 TDI, which will be available from dealerships for €58,500.

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