Audi recognizes the challenge of selling diesel powered cars and SUV’s is ongoing and as such is set to introduce the new Audi SQ5 at this month’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).
The time for diesel automobiles in North America is still some ways down the road. Canadians love diesel, but the idea of 1,000+ km per tank of fuel and a new generation of quiet diesel engines under the hood has yet to catch on south of the 49th Parallel it seems. Old habits and stigmas can be hard to break. Just ask the newly minted NHL.
Audi recognizes that the challenge of selling diesel-powered cars and SUVs is ongoing and as such is set to introduce the new SQ5 at this month’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). The first ever SQ5 to be powered by a supercharged gasoline engine, it delivers 354-horsepower and 346 lb.-ft. of torque. Designed specifically for the United States, Canada, and Chinese markets, the Audi SQ5 accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 5.3 seconds and achieves an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h.
Shifts take place via an 8-speed automatic transmission. Matched with Quattro permanent all-wheel drive, two modes allow for different driving conditions and levels of fun. Paddle-shifters add a sense of sportiness to this stout, but stylish SUV.
Standard fare includes 20” wheels surrounded by 255/45 series tires. Overall, the body is lowered by 30 millimetres to sharpen the look and on-road feel. Electromechanical steering is standard, providing strong connection to all road surfaces. Optional dynamic steering with a steplessly variable ratio is activated using the Audi drive select system.
Typical “S” model features include a platinum gray grille, unique bumpers, “V6 T” badging, and aluminum exterior mirrors. A rear roof spoiler adds further appeal. Also optional are Estoril Blue or Panther Black exclusive crystal-effect finishes. Aluminum also features prominently inside on the brake and gas pedal and shift paddles. Pearl Nappa Leather seats with Alcantara come in four unique colour choices.
The new Audi SQ5 is expected to arrive in showrooms in the third quarter of 2013.