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.