Back in July 2012, Audi announced the 2013 SQ5 TDI, which is the first S model in Audi’s history to bear a diesel engine. That’s all well and good, but what if you really want the new SQ5, but are not a big diesel fan? Well, then you will have to wait for the petrol version to debut. And it will next week at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.
The new Audi SQ5 TFSI will be specially developed for markets like United States, Canada and China, while in Europe the only version available will be the TDI one.
The model will be offered with the same "S" model upgrades seen in the TDI version: standard 20" wheels in triple-spoke design, a platinum gray radiator grille and of course a quadruple exhaust tips. Despite this similarities, the new petrol version has the advantage if being a little bit more powerful than the previous TDI engine, so the American customers will enjoy an extra 40 horsepower.
Updated 06/17/2013: Audi USA announced today prices for the 2014 Audi SQ5 that will arrive in U.S. showrooms later this summer. Click past the jump to learn how much you have to pay for the first-ever S variant of any Audi Q model.
Just like with the previous SQ5 TDI engine, the new TFSI version will be offered with a distinctive front fascia that includes a platinum gray radiator grille with horizontal double bars in aluminum look, distinctive bumpers and a roof spoiler. To further identify the model, Audi has also placed a series of V6 T badges on the front fenders.
The new SQ5 TFSI will come with two exclusive crystal-effect finishes — Estoril Blue and Panther Black — that can be combined with a gloss package and exterior mirrors in aluminum look.
The new Audi SQ5 TFSI will be offered with standard 20-inch alloy wheels and 21-inch wheels are available as an option.
The same sporty feeling will be offered on the inside, as the instruments are offered with gray dials with white numerals, and the pedals and shift paddles have a stylish aluminum-look finish. As standard, the interior will be offered in black, but as an option Audi is also offering a Moon Silver interior color.
The model will also be offered with standard sports seats covered in a combination of Pearl Nappa leather and Alcantara. As an option, customers will have to choose between Carbon Atlas, Piano finish or layered aluminum and wood in Beaufort black.
Under the hood, Audi replaces the V-6 turbo-diesel engine found in the TDI version with a new 3.0 TFSI engine that delivers a total of 354 horsepower between 6,000 and 6,500 rpm and a peak toque of 347 pound-feet between 4,000 and 4,500 rpm.
This version will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.1 second and up to a top speed of 155 mph (electronically limited). Even with this stout performance, it still manages to deliver 21 mpg.
The engine will be mated to an eight-speed tiptronic transmission and will send its power to the all four wheels via a quattro permanent all-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring transfer.
The 2014 Audi SQ5 will arrive in U.S. showrooms later this summer at a starting price of $51,900.
BMW X5 xDrive50i
The list of competitors for the SQ5 TDI model is quite short, but the SQ5 TFSI version things won’t have it as easy.
In the U.S. market, customers can opt for a BMW X5 xDrive50i that is powered by a 4.4-liter V-8 engine with an output of 445 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. Of course, the X5 has significantly more power than the SQ5 TSFI, but it’s also pretty pricey at $64,200.
More powerful than the TDI version
Lots of options to choose from
Cheaper than the Bimmer, but still a pretty penny
Competition is more powerful
The new Audi SQ5 shown at the Detroit Auto Show is the first ever to be powered by a gasoline engine – in this case one producing 260 kW (354 hp) and 470 Nm (346.65 lb-ft) of torque. The new top-of-the-line model, which was designed specifically for markets such as the United States, Canada and China, uses a 3.0 TFSI engine with forced induction. It sprints from zero to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 5.3 seconds on its way to a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).
The new SQ5 is powered by a free-revving, supercharged, three-liter V6 engine with a displacement of 2,995 cc. Its compressor sits in the 90-degree V of the cylinder banks and is belt-driven by the crankshaft. Two rotors inside the supercharger spin at over 20,000 rpm. The air gap between them is just a few thousandths of a millimeter. The supercharger compresses the intake air to as much as 0.8 bar; two intercoolers then cool it for greater power.
The compressor is located downstream of the throttle valve. Its drive requires little engine power, as the density of the intake air is very low at loads below the supercharging level and when coasting. Torque develops early and quickly due to the short gas paths downstream of the supercharger. Various measures dampen compressor noise. A balance shaft in the engine’s alloy crankcase provides for greater smoothness. Adjustable intake camshafts and flaps in the intake ports provide for good charging efficiency in the combustion chambers.
The 3.0 TFSI engine produces 260 kW (354 hp) between 6,000 and 6,500 rpm, and delivers 470 Nm (346.65 lb-ft) of torque to the crankshaft between 4,000 and 4,500 rpm. The sprint from zero to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) takes just 5.3 seconds – best in its class. Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). The Audi SQ5 consumes on average 8.5 liters of fuel per 100 km in the NEDC (21 US mpg). This equates to CO2 emissions of 199 grams per kilometer (320.26 g/m) in the NEDC.
An eight-speed tiptronic and quattro permanent all-wheel drive with torque vectoring transfer the power of the SQ5 firmly to the road. The fast-shifting automatic transmission offers two modes, and the driver can also switch gears manually via the standard shift paddles on the steering wheel.
The chassis of the Audi SQ5 lowers the body 30 millimeters (1.18 in). The springs and shock absorbers are more tautly tuned for a sporty and balanced setup. The 20-inch wheels are fitted with 255/45-series tires; 21-inch wheels are available. The brake calipers on the front axle sport the SQ5 badge. The electromechanical steering not only plays a major role in the efficiency of the SQ5, it also provides very precise road feel. Audi also offers the optional dynamic steering with a steplessly variable ratio. Control of it is integrated in the optional Audi drive select system, which allows the driver to switch among several modes in various systems.
The platinum gray radiator grille with its horizontal double bars in aluminum look, the distinctive bumpers and the roof spoiler are particularly eye-catching. V6 T badges adorn the front fenders. The gloss package and exterior mirrors in aluminum look accentuate the windows. In addition, there are two exclusive crystal-effect finishes: Estoril Blue and Panther Black.
Sportiness carries over to the interior. The instruments feature gray dials and white numerals; the pedals and shift paddles have a shiny aluminum-look finish.
The interior is bathed in black, with the headlining optionally available in Moon Silver. The standard power-adjustable sport seats are covered with a combination of Pearl Nappa leather and Alcantara, with four different colors of leather optional. The standard inlays are brushed aluminum. Options include Carbon Atlas, Piano finish or layered aluminum and wood in Beaufort black.
The SQ5 is scheduled to arrive at U.S. dealerships in the third quarter of 2013. The list of standard equipment is extensive. In addition to the aforementioned features, there are also xenon plus headlights with LED daytime driving lights, a stainless-steel loading-sill protector and a driver information system with color display. The luggage compartment offers up to 1,560 liters (59.33 cu ft) of capacity.
Audi can supply this dynamic SUV with an array of optional assistance and infotainment systems. MMI navigation plus and the Bluetooth online car phone provide the Internet services from Audi connect to the vehicle.
The Audi SQ5 has been designed specifically for the following markets: United States, Canada, Russia, China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, South Africa, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and the Ukraine. In Germany and many other European markets, the SQ5 TDI takes its place as the sporty top model in its series.