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By Ketan Patel

Audi SQ5 TDI 2013 Review

After the Audi RS Q3 Concept surfaced on the automotive world it seems that the carmaker decided to widen their range of sporty SUVs with the upcoming Audi SQ5 TDI 2013, the very first S model sporting a diesel engine. The SQ5 made its debut at this year's 24 hour Le Mans race, and since the Audi Sport Team won the event in the LMP1 class I can't think of a better place for them to unveil a new sporty diesel vehicle.

Under its hood the SQ5 packs a twin-turbocharged 3.0 liter TDI power plant able to produce 313 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. The unit is mated with an eight-speed tiptronic quattro transmission which permanently sends the engine's power to all four wheels. The sporty SUV can go from 0 to 62 mph in just 5.1 seconds, it boasts a top speed of 155 mph and with the help of a start-stop system as well as a regulated oil pump, theSQ5 has an average fuel consumption of 32 mpg.

As a standard the S model sits on a set of 20-inch allow wheels featuring a five parallel-spoke design and 255/45 tires, but the carmaker offers a set of 21-inch wheels as an option. Furthermore, the Audi SQ5 has been fitted with a new sport suspension system which lowers the body by 1.18 inches, and a drive select system which can be optionally upgraded to include dynamic steering system with variable steering ratio.

On the exterior the SQ5 differentiates itself from the rest of the pack with the help of a platinum gray single-frame front grille, redesigned front and rear bumpers and the addition of a roof spoiler. The SUV will be offered in either Estoril Blue or Panther Black paint finishes.

On the interior the S model will offer power-adjustable sport seats covered in Pearl Napa leather or Alcantara, and brushed aluminum inlays as standard. Optional extras will include four choices of leather upholsteries, lunar silver headlining and Carbon Atlas, Piano finish or Aluminum/Beaufort wood trim panels. Evidently the "S" badge will be present in numerous locations in the cockpit, such as on the gear lever knob, the door sill trim, the redesigned steering wheel and the start button.

The Audi SQ5 TDI 2013 is expected to hit the market during Q1 next year and will have a base price of €58,500, but as far as availability in the US goes Audi has not revealed any plans regarding the matter.

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The new Audi SQ5 TDI: Twin-turbo V6 diesel with 313 hp

  • The SQ5 TDI is the brand’s first S model with a diesel engine Zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.1 seconds, average fuel consumption of just 7.2 liters per 100 km (32.67 US mpg)

In conjunction with the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Audi is presenting the new top model of its recently revised Q5 model series – the Audi SQ5 TDI. Boosted by two turbochargers, its 3.0 TDI produces a brawny 230 kW (313 hp) and 650 Nm (479.42 lb-ft) of torque between 1,450 and 2,800 rpm. The Audi SQ5 TDI will roll into dealerships in the first quarter of 2013 and is the first S model in the history of Audi with a diesel engine.

The powerful TDI, which displaces 2,967 cc, uses a twin-turbo design in which the two turbochargers are connected in series via a flap. Cylinder head cooling, the timing and lift of the intake cam shafts, the pistons, their oil-jet cooling and the piston pins have been specially designed for the high-performance concept. The common rail system develops as much as 2,000 bar of pressure and injects as many as eight shots of fuel into the cylinders per cycle. The 3.0 TDI biturbo has a great sound. This sound is further modulated by a sound actuator in the exhaust system – a loudspeaker in short side channel.

The Audi SQ5 TDI sprints from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.1 seconds; top speed is 250 km/h (155.34 mph). Fuel consumption is on average just 7.2 liters per 100 km (32.67 US mpg). Innovative thermal management, the start-stop system and the regulated oil pump all contribute to this top figure. A fast and smooth-shifting eight-speed tiptronic and quattro permanent all-wheel drive with torque vectoring transfer the power of the brawny V6 diesel to the road.

The electromechanical power steering in the Audi SQ5 TDI is sensitive and highly efficient. The sport suspension lowers the vehicle body by 30 millimeters (1.18 in). The standard 20-inch wheels feature a five parallel-spoke design and are fitted with 255/45 tires. Audi offers optional wheels measuring 21 inches in diameter. The black brake calipers on the front axle sport S badges. The optional Audi drive select system can be expanded upon request to include the dynamic steering system with its steplessly variable steering ratio.

The most eye-catching design cues are the platinum gray single-frame grille with its galvanized double bars in an aluminum-look finish, the roof spoiler and the modified bumpers. The high-gloss package and the aluminum-look exterior mirrors accentuate the area around the windows. Audi offers the new top model in the crystal effect paint finishes Estoril Blue or Panther Black. The body includes a high proportion of ultra-high-strength steels, making it very light, safe and rigid.

As is typical for an S model, the interior has black trim and exudes a sporty elegance. The headlining is optionally available in lunar silver. The power-adjustable sport seats come standard in Pearl Nappa leather/Alcantara. Leather upholstery in a choice of four colors is available as an option. Brushed aluminum inlays are standard. Options include Carbon Atlas, Piano finish and the new Aluminum/Beaufort wood black trim panels.

The instrument dials are gray and include a 3D-design S badge, the needles are white and the pedals and shift paddles have an aluminum-look finish. Additional visual highlights in the interior are 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. Luggage capacity is as much as 1,560 liters (55.09 cu ft), making the SQ5 TDI the ideal car for sporty and active customers. It is also an unusually powerful towing vehicle, with a rated towing capacity of up to 2.4 metric tons (5,291.09 lb).

The Audi SQ5 TDI will roll into dealerships the first quarter of 2013, with prices starting at €58,500. Customers can also choose to have it equipped with Audi’s state-of-the-art assistance and infotainment systems as well as Audi connect services.


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