With the occasion of the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race, Audi revealed the SQ5 TDI. That’s right, we have a hot diesel on the new Q5. Boosted by turbochargers, the 3.0-liter TDI engine delivers an impressive 230 kW (313 hp) and 650 Nm (479.42 lb-ft) of torque between 1,450 and 2,800 rpm.
As a result, it can 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.
Meanwhile, average fuel consumption is 7.2 liters per 100 km (32.67 US mpg). In terms of design, the Audi SQ5 TDI comes with a platinum gray single-frame grille with its galvanized double bars in an aluminum-look finish, a roof spoiler and the modified bumpers. Audi offers the new model in the crystal effect paint finishes Estoril Blue or Panther Black.
Just like any other S model, the interior has black trim and exudes a sporty elegance. Still the headlining is optionally available in lunar silver. The instrument dials are gray and include a 3D-design S badge, the needles are white and the pedals and shift paddles have an aluminum-look finish. The new Audi SQ5 TDI will be available in the first quarter of 2013 and will carry a price tag of €58,500.
The exterior appearance of the new Audi Q5 is defined not only by its dynamic proportions but also its flowing lines and elegant curves emanating from its solid body. One of these lines is the so-called tornado that flows just below the Q5’s side windows and runs just above its wheels. There is also the so-called roof line, which on the new Audi Q5 flows in a coupe-like arch, tapering early to make it seem that the A and C pillars of the vehicle are sweeping back. This roof line is visually extended by the Q5 spoiler.
New Audi Q5 roof is also provided with roof rails that are finished in anodized aluminum or in optional black. The vehicle also features a crossbar as standard. Just like the other Audi Q models, the new Audi Q5 features a tailgate that seemingly wraps around its bound, while the windows is surrounded by a standard high-gloss package.
Despite the changes on the exterior of the new Audi Q5, its overall dimensions remain virtually the same. It measures 4,629 mm (182.24 in) in length, 1,898 mm (74.72 inches) in width and 1,627 mm (64.06 inches) in height. Featuring short overhangs, the new Audi Q5 has a wheelbase that measures 2,812 mm (110.71 in).
For the latest model year, the new Audi Q5 is fitted with a front end that seems to be wider and lower. This front end is defined by a high-gloss black hexagonal single-frame grille that features vertical chrome bars and 3D Audi rings. Audi also provided the new Q5 with a new bumper that now features large integrated air inlets with high-gloss black inserts. Likewise, Audi provided the vehicle’s standard fog lights with chrome ring surrounds.
On the other hand, the new Audi Q5 is now gifted with a new set of headlights that bestow this new vehicle with a more imposing look. When the optional xenon plus lights are availed, the Q5’s LED daytime running lights are formed into a ring that nearly follows the contour of the headlights. Adaptive light – a unit that combines a dynamic cornering light and a static turning light – is also available for the new Audi Q5. On the rear, the new Audi Q5 features a wrap-around LED strips that served as the tail lights – resulting to a harmonious interplay with the xenon plus headlights on the front.