Audi’s 2018 SQ5 is on display at the Detroit Auto Show right next to the its elegant but robust concept Q8.
The SQ5 is the brand’s high-performance mid-size crossover and the newest version is fitted with turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine that delivers 264kW and 500Nm, coupled with an eight-speed tiptronic auto gearbox and standard all-wheel drive.
The new engine is more powerful than the current diesel engine that puts out 250kW, but the torque is 200Nm less than the current engine’s 700Nm. The new SQ5 is also not quite as quick to reach the 100kph mark at 5.4 seconds compared to 5.1 seconds.
The Quattro sport rear differential (part of the S sport package) can be used to enhance handling by shifting the power right or left to aid cornering. Audi says the torque vectoring system can send almost all rearward power to one wheel as necessary. The S package includes other upgrades such as air suspension that allows both the height and firmness to be adjusted. One of the settings is an “offroad” position that raises the car for maximum ground clearance.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard, as does a Bang & Olufsen sound system. Driving assists include among others a variable-ratio steering rack and adaptive cruise control that can handle stop-and-go traffic from 0 to 60kph.
Pricing hasn’t been released yet, but the car is expected to go on sale in Europe in autumn this year.