SUV (sports utility vehicle) cars are much in demand these days. Audi has unveiled a new SUV with sporty model and diesel engine. Audi SQ5 TDI, the much anticipated car has been officially announced on 15 June, 2012 at INGOLSTADT, Germany. The car was unveiled before the start of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It is not only the first SUV ‘S’ car but also the first ‘S’ car with a diesel engine. Let us go through the brief specifications of this latest car.
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The Audi SQ5 TDI is powered by a 3.0 litre bi-turbocharged V6 engine. The TDI unit produces 313hp and 650Nm of torque from as low as 1,450rpm. Power is transmitted via Audi’s 8-speed Tiptronic transmission and quattro permanent all-wheel drive with torque vectoring. The company claims a 0 to 62mph in time of 5.1 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph. Fuel economy is assumed to be 39.2mpg, thanks to an innovative thermal management system, stop-start and a regulated oil pump.
The interiors of the car look quite stylish. The black interior trim is matched by brushed aluminium inlays, but if you do not like the aluminium it can be swapped out for Piano finish, Carbon Atlas or the new Aluminium/Beaufort wood black trim panels. The instrument dials are grey in color and include a 3D-design S badge, the needles are white and the pedals and shift paddles sport an aluminium-look finish. The power-adjustable sport seats come standard in Pearl Nappa leather/Alcantara with leather upholstery in a choice of 4 available color options. To make it stand out from the other models a new styling kit including a platinum gray single-frame grille with an aluminum look trim for the bars, window surrounds, the roof spoiler, mirrors and modified bumpers have been added. The S badges on the door sill trims, the S gear lever knob, the start button, the specially-shaped steering wheel, the S welcome screen and the lighting package collectively give it a nice look. It is an extraordinarily powerful towing vehicle, with a towing capacity of up to 2.4 tons. The luggage capacity of the car is as much as 1,560 liters.
The new SQ5 will be available in Estoril Blue and Panther Black color options. The aluminium exterior mirrors, double bar grille and modified bumpers separate the SQ5 from other cars. Sports suspension drops the SQ5 by 30 millimeters as compared to the regular car. This car will be offered with S-badged 20-inch alloys as standard, with 21-inch items available as an option. The S badges make their way to the brake calipers hidden behind the wheels.
Price and Availability
The Audi SQ5 TDI will hit the showrooms in the first quarter of 2013. It is expected to be priced around £45,000. Customers can also get it equipped with Audi’s infotainment and state-of-the-art assistance systems as well as Audi connect services.
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