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2014 Audi SQ5 Coming to 2013 Detroit Auto Show

The Four Ring Compact Ute Gains S Badge, 77 Horsepower

Zach Gale
Jan 7, 2013
It takes a lot to stand out in the luxury crossover class. For its part, Audi is opting for the time-honed approach of more power, adding 77 horsepower to the Q5's 3.0-liter V-6 to make 349 in the 2014 SQ5 that will be shown at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.
Unlike the SQ5 TDI, the SQ5 at the Detroit auto show is powered by a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine producing 349 hp between 6000 and 6500 rpm. We've seen versions of this engine in other Audis like the A5, A6, A7, A8, and Q7. The U.S.-spec SQ5's torque has been upped to 347 lb-ft between 4000 and 4500 rpm; the 2013 Q5 3.0T we tested had 272 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. While Audi claims the SQ5 will accelerate from 0-62 mph in 5.3 seconds, we're guessing that's conservative considering we tested the Q5 3.0T completing the sprint in 5.5 seconds.
Photo 2/7   |   2013 Audi SQ5 Engine
The Audi SQ5's top speed is limited to 155 mph, and like the Q5 3.0T, it uses an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive (the SQ5's AWD has torque-vectoring tech). The current Q5 is EPA-rated at 18/26 mpg city/highway, and we wouldn't expect much of a change with the Q5 lineup-topping model.
With the Q5 3.0T already selling for $44,795 before options, expect the SQ5 to start in the low $50,000 range when it arrives in the U.S. in third quarter of 2013.
Photo 6/7   |   2013 Audi SQ5 Front Interior
Park an Audi SQ5 near a lesser Q5 and you may notice the sporty crossover has been lowered 1.2 inches. The shocks have been retuned and although 20-inch wheels are standard, we'd recommend going for the 21-inchers. The SQ5 also offers two crystal-effect paint colors: Estoril Blue (pictured) and Panther Black. The retouched grille has gray accents, and the side mirrors' bright silver finish stand out. There's a rear spoiler as well -- if you're going for a stealthy look, consider the black exterior paint.
Inside, the SQ5's instrument cluster has gray dials with white numbers and, of course, the shift paddles and pedals have a bright aluminum-like finish. Audi gives SQ5 owners a choice of interior trims to contrast against the leather and Alcantara sport seats.
Photo 7/7   |   2013 Audi SQ5 Front Right View
So Audi won't send to the U.S. the diesel-powered SQ5 TDI but with the gas-engined SQ5, the automaker has a special crossover to compete with the sportiest luxury SUVs out there, from the BMW X3 xDrive35i to the Volvo XC60 R-Design with Polestar. Now that the Q5 is Audi's second-best-selling vehicle behind the A4/Allroad, it's clear the automaker wants to maintain momentum. With the Q5 lineup soon to include everything from a turbocharged I-4 to a diesel and a hybrid, Audi now has a performance crossover flagship.
Source: Audi



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