The logical next step: after restyling the Q5, Audi is also offering a little facelift to the SQ5. The vitamin-packed version of the German SUV gains in dynamism… but loses power.
Like the Q5 last June, the SQ5, the sporty version of the German SUV, is also getting a facelift. And the changes can be seen!
A more aggressive SQ5
The newcomer has sharper lines than its predecessor, including a wider, contoured honeycomb front grille, redesigned bumpers with vertical air intakes and more tapered headlamps (Matrix LED headlamps with dynamic turn signals).
At the rear, the lights have also been redesigned and feature standard digital OLED technology. The four exhaust tailpipes are now oval and chrome-plated.
Few changes on board
On board, no big upheavals. Standard features include mixed leather and fabric upholstery in Dinamica microfiber (mainly made of recycled plastic), brushed aluminum inserts or aluminum rocker panels illuminated and decorated with the S logo. Not to mention a 10.1-inch central screen and a customizable 12.3-inch digital instrument panel.
The trunk has a capacity of 520 liters, or 1,520 liters when the rear seats are down.
Still a 3L V6 diesel
On the engine side, it’s always a V6 3L diesel that officiates. An electric compressor, to assist the turbo, and a lightweight 48-volt hybrid system, for a 0.7-liter/100 km reduction in fuel consumption, are also still in the mix.
“More efficiency and spontaneity”…
On the other hand, Audi announces that it has revised certain details, such as the pistons, which are no longer made of aluminum but of wrought iron, which reduces heat loss. In the end, the brand promises “more efficiency and spontaneity”.
… despite a slight loss of power
In spite of this, the power appears to be decreasing. From the previous 347 hp, it drops to 341 hp. The torque remains unchanged at 700 Nm. This cavalry is sent to all four wheels (permanent quattro all-wheel drive) via the eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission.
Performance level is the status quo. The SQ5 TDI still swallows 0 to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds while displaying an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h. Combined cycle fuel consumption is displayed between 8.2 and 8.7 l/100 km and CO2 emissions between 216 and 228 g/km.
How much does the restyled SQ5 TDI cost?
The restyled Audi SQ5 TDI will be produced at the Mexican plant in San José Chiapa and launched on the French market in the first quarter of 2021. It will then be offered at a base price of €79,600, which is €2,620 more expensive than the current model.
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