By Stewart Smith on 2017-01-10 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
Detroit showcase for
new Audi SQ5
THIS is the top-of-the-range new Audi SQ5 SUV which has been revealed at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and will be on sale in summer.
As the first Audi Q model to bear the distinguished ‘S' badge the latest version comes with V6 TFSI power for the first time in the UK delivering 354bhp.
The new SQ5 and can hit 62mph in just 5.4 seconds and on to a top speed of 155mph.
Its new turbo engine means it can return up to a claimed 34mpg on a combined run and produces 189g/km and the revised V6 weighs just 172kilograms, 14 kilograms less than the previous supercharged engine.
It comes with an eight-speed tiptronic transmission, quattro permanent all-wheel and an optional sport differential can further optimise handling by actively distributing torque between the rear wheels.
Driving aids on the SQ5 are similar to the latest Audi Q5, including adaptive cruise control including traffic jam assist, Audi active lane assist, park assist and camera-based recognition of traffic signs and hill descent control round out the features.
As standard, the SQ5 TFSI is fitted with the top-of-the-line MMI navigation plus infotainment system with MMI all-in-touch and an 8.3-inch display.
Also included is the new leather-covered multifunction steering wheel.
A newly developed head-up display is an option. It projects relevant information on to the windscreen - including driver assistance systems such as traffic alerts - as symbols and numbers that can be understood quickly.
The high performance SUV comes with a multi-function rear seat and a luggage compartment with a capacity of 500 to 610 litres. When the rear bench is folded down, this volume grows to 1,550 litres.
In addition to 20-inch, cast aluminium wheels, LED headlights and privacy glass with acoustic glazing for the front windows, the SQ5 TFSI is also equipped as standard with S-specific damper control, high beam assist and leather upholstered electric seats.
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