All-new Audi SQ5 Revealed

By , January 10th, 2017
Posted in Audi Buying SUV Car news SQ5
 
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Audi has revealed the latest performance version of its Q5 SUV. Boasting an all-new powerplant, the SQ5 will be the flagship of the new range, which we expect to reach South Africa in the third quarter of 2017. 

The headline act of this all-new Audi SQ5 is the engine. Gone is the old supercharged V6 and in its place is a 3.0-litre V6 turbocharged unit. Boasting outputs of 260 kW and 500 Nm, the SQ5 should be able to hit 100 kph from standstill in a claimed 5.4 seconds and it'll achieve a top speed of 250 kph. It's claimed to consume just 8.3 L/100 km. Power goes to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox. 

You'll be able to spot the new Audi SQ5 thanks its bold styling. There are much sportier bumpers, big 20-inch alloy wheels, and some purposeful exhaust tips. You can specify additional equipment such as larger wheels, but the one thing we'd recommend is the adaptive air suspension, which will allow changes to the damping as well as ride height.

Standard specification for the German model looks comprehensive. We'll have to wait for South African introduction to see what "our" cars will get, but we'd be surprised if LED headlights and sport seats don't make it here. This new Audi SQ5 is assembled in Mexico.

See the Audi SQ5 in action below:

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David Taylor

Having contributed to multiple motoring titles as well helping run the public relations machine of the Johannesburg International Motor Show, Cars.co.za editor Dave has experience in both sides of the motoring industry. He's based in the Cape and has driven & photographed over 350 cars. You can read more of his car stuff when you fly Kulula.

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