Audi SQ5 diesel debuts with loads of torque
- Despite slumping diesel sales in Europe, Audi still believes that there’s a market for a high-performance diesel mid-size SUV, and therefore, the SQ5 TDI has gone official with 700 Nm of peak torque!
- The Audi SQ5 TDI uses a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine with mild-hybrid assistance via a 48V electric motor. Audi claims that the electric system helps eliminate turbo lag in the low rev range of up to 1,650 rpm.
- Loads of torque combined with 342 bhp and electric assistance ensure that the diesel SQ5 takes 5.1 seconds to reach 0-100 km/h – quite brisk for a diesel-engined SUV.
- As expected, the Quattro all-wheel drive system comes standard and it receives power via an 8-speed tiptronic gearbox. The all-wheel drive system adapts to the road conditions, so it can send as much as 85 per cent of the power to the rear axle.
- Aesthetically, the SQ5 TDI gains bolder bits such as contoured air inlets up front and a diffuser insert with a honeycomb grille at the rear. Moving on, the grille also has added aluminium slats and the alloy wheel designs are bespoke.