Audi prepped the 24 Hours of Le Mans race to be the official venue for the debut of their all-new SQ5 TDI, the first S model in the history of Audi with a diesel engine.

The SQ5 will be powered by the all-new V-6 turbo-diesel engine boasting two turbochargers which Audi has been working on for various models in the lineup. This engine produces a total of 313 hp and 479.42 lb-ft of torque between 1,450 and 2,800 rpm. This power is enough to sprint the SUV from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 155 mph, but also deliver a fuel economy of 32.67 US mpg.

Compared to a standard Q5, the new SQ5 TDI version will be distinguished by a platinum gray single-frame grille with galvanized double bars in an aluminum-look finish, a new roof spoiler, and modified bumpers.

The new Audi SQ5 TDI will go on sale in the first quarter of 2013, with prices starting at €58,500, about $78,000 at the current exchange rates.

UPDATE 07/23/2012: Audi has unveiled a new, very cool promo video for their latest SQ5 TDI - the first S-model with a diesel engine - which shows the luxury SUV as it checks out the LeMans racetrack.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Audi SQ5 TDI.

  • 2013 Audi SQ5 TDI
  • Year:
    2013
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V6
  • Transmission:
    8-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    313
  • Torque @ RPM:
    479
  • Displacement:
    3.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    5.1 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
  • Price:
    78000
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Exterior and Interior

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The new Audi SQ5 TDI will be offered in Estoril Blue or Panther Black and will be distinguished by a platinum gray single-frame grille with galvanized double bars in an aluminum-look finish, a very cool roof spoiler, and modified bumpers. The SUV will be offered with standard 20" wheels in a five parallel-spoke design, while 21" wheels will be offered as an option. Both versions will be combined with black brake calipers on the front axle sporting S badges.

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The interior will get the usual S elements, including sports seats in Pearl Nappa leather/Alcantara offered in a choice of four colors. The instrument dial will include a 3D-design S badge and will be painted in gray, while the pedals and the paddles have an aluminum-look finish. The model will also get the S gear lever knob, the S badges on the door sill trims, the start button and the specially-shaped steering wheel, the S welcome screen, and the lighting package. As a bonus, the SUV also offers a luggage capacity of 1,560 liters (55.09 cu ft).

Engine

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The new Audi SQ5 TDI is powered by a new 3.0 liter twin-turbo V6 diesel engine with an output of 313 HP and 479.42 lb-ft of torque between 1,450 and 2,800 rpm. This power is enough to sprint the SUV from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 155 mph, but also deliver a fuel economy of 32.67 US mpg.

The SQ5 TDI will be offered with start-stop system, a fast and smooth-shifting eight-speed tiptronic, and quattro permanent all-wheel drive with torque vectoring transfer.

Prices

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The new Audi SQ5 TDI will go on sale in the first quarter of 2013, with prices starting at €58,500, about $78,000 at the current exchange rates.

Competition

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The new Audi SQ5 TDI may be the first S diesel model offered by Audi, but it is definitely not the first diesel model. BMW has already unveiled the X5 M50d which is a pretty cool SUV powered by a 3.0-liter inline-six diesel with three-turbochargers delivering 381 HP and 546 lb-ft of torque. We have to admit though, we like the SQ5 better.

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2 comments:

  (395) posted on 06.19.2012

Well, it is Audi; it’s renowned for elegant cars, so this must only be pricey.

  (596) posted on 06.19.2012

I agree that it is beautiful and powerful, but it doesn’t mean that I also agree with its high pricing.

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