When we first saw the Audi SQ5 TDI unveiled back in June, we could feel that pit in our stomach. Here sat a powerful, sporty, mean-looking crossover, and we just knew that Audi wasn't going to be bringing it to the US. And we were right. While we won't be getting the diesel version of this crossover with its 479 pound-feet of torque, we will instead be getting a gas-powered, supercharged V6 – the same powertrain as the S5 – and that's a mighty fine consolation prize if you ask us. The US version of the 2014 Audi SQ5 will debut next week at the Detroit Auto Show, and it will go on sale this fall.

Ditching the diesel engine, the US-bound SQ5 loses some torque but gains plenty of horsepower with Audi quoting power ratings of 354 horsepower and 346 lb-ft from the supercharged 3.0-liter V6. Power is fed through an eight-speed automatic to all four wheels giving the small CUV impressive performance numbers. The 0-60 mile per hour time is expected to be in the low five second range to go with an electronically limited top speed of 155 miles per hour. The suspension has been upgraded as well to improve handling, but it also gives the SQ5 a sportier appearance with a ride height that has been lowered by more than an inch compared to a standard Q5.

Speaking of styling, the 2014 SQ5 gets all of the expected "S" model upgrades, especially when it comes to the new front fascia and grille, the standard 20-inch, triple-spoke wheels and the quadruple exhaust tips. Only two colors will be available on the SQ5: Panther Black and Estoril Blue. Inside, the SQ5 will get a sportier cabin with bright, "aluminum-look" pedals and shift paddles, and the materials will also get an upgrade to include Nappa leather and Alcantara as well as accent options that include carbon fiber, piano black, aluminum or wood finish.

In addition to the North America, the gas-powered SQ5 will be on sale in a handful of Asian and South American markets, while the TDI model will primarily be relegated to European markets.
Scroll down for Audi's official press release on the US-bound SQ5, and we should have more information and more pictures to share next week.
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Jan 7, 2013 , INGOLSTADT, Germany
Audi SQ5 now with gasoline engine and 354 dynamic hp
  • SQ5 with 3.0 TFSI engine at the Detroit Auto Show
  • From zero to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 5.3 seconds
  • 250 km/h (155 mph) top speed
The new Audi SQ5 shown at the Detroit Auto Show is the first ever to be powered by a gasoline engine – in this case one producing 260 kW (354 hp) and 470 Nm (346.65 lb-ft) of torque The new top-of-the-line model, which was designed specifically for markets such as the United States, Canada and China, uses a 3.0 TFSI engine with forced induction. It sprints from zero to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 5.3 seconds on its way to a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

The new SQ5 is powered by a free-revving, supercharged, three-liter V6 engine with a displacement of 2,995 cc. Its compressor sits in the 90-degree V of the cylinder banks and is belt-driven by the crankshaft. Two rotors inside the supercharger spin at over 20,000 rpm. The air gap between them is just a few thousandths of a millimeter. The supercharger compresses the intake air to as much as 0.8 bar; two intercoolers then cool it for greater power.

The compressor is located downstream of the throttle valve. Its drive requires little engine power, as the density of the intake air is very low at loads below the supercharging level and when coasting. Torque develops early and quickly due to the short gas paths downstream of the supercharger. Various measures dampen compressor noise. A balance shaft in the engine's alloy crankcase provides for greater smoothness. Adjustable intake camshafts and flaps in the intake ports provide for good charging efficiency in the combustion chambers.

The 3.0 TFSI engine produces 260 kW (354 hp) between 6,000 and 6,500 rpm, and delivers 470 Nm (346.65 lb-ft) of torque to the crankshaft between 4,000 and 4,500 rpm. The sprint from zero to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) takes just 5.3 seconds – best in its class. Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). The Audi SQ5 consumes on average 8.5 liters of fuel per 100 km in the NEDC (21 US mpg). This equates to CO2 emissions of 199 grams per kilometer (320.26 g/m) in the NEDC.

An eight-speed tiptronic and quattro permanent all-wheel drive with torque vectoring transfer the power of the SQ5 firmly to the road. The fast-shifting automatic transmission offers two modes, and the driver can also switch gears manually via the standard shift paddles on the steering wheel.

The chassis of the Audi SQ5 lowers the body 30 millimeters (1.18 in). The springs and shock absorbers are more tautly tuned for a sporty and balanced setup. The 20-inch wheels are fitted with 255/45-series tires; 21-inch wheels are available. The brake calipers on the front axle sport the SQ5 badge. The electromechanical steering not only plays a major role in the efficiency of the SQ5, it also provides very precise road feel. Audi also offers the optional dynamic steering with a steplessly variable ratio. Control of it is integrated in the optional Audi drive select system, which allows the driver to switch among several modes in various systems.

The platinum gray radiator grille with its horizontal double bars in aluminum look, the distinctive bumpers and the roof spoiler are particularly eye-catching. V6 T badges adorn the front fenders. The gloss package and exterior mirrors in aluminum look accentuate the windows. In addition, there are two exclusive crystal-effect finishes: Estoril Blue and Panther Black.

Sportiness carries over to the interior. The instruments feature gray dials and white numerals; the pedals and shift paddles have a shiny aluminum-look finish.

The interior is bathed in black, with the headlining optionally available in Moon Silver. The standard power-adjustable sport seats are covered with a combination of Pearl Nappa leather and Alcantara, with four different colors of leather optional. The standard inlays are brushed aluminum. Options include Carbon Atlas, Piano finish or layered aluminum and wood in Beaufort black.

The SQ5 is scheduled to arrive at U.S. dealerships in the third quarter of 2013. The list of standard equipment is extensive. In addition to the aforementioned features, there are also xenon plus headlights with LED daytime driving lights, a stainless-steel loading-sill protector and a driver information system with color display. The luggage compartment offers up to 1,560 liters (59.33 cu ft) of capacity.

Audi can supply this dynamic SUV with an array of optional assistance and infotainment systems. MMI navigation plus and the Bluetooth online car phone provide the Internet services from Audi connect to the vehicle.

The Audi SQ5 has been designed specifically for the following markets: United States, Canada, Russia, China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, South Africa, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and the Ukraine. In Germany and many other European markets, the SQ5 TDI takes its place as the sporty top model in its series.


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      KAG
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice, but I hope we get the RS4 and RS6 also
      Smilez1105
      • 1 Year Ago
      Still holding out for my unicorn: RS4 or RS6 Allroad.
      RocketRed
      • 1 Year Ago
      Jack it up to make it to make it trucky, and then lower it again to make it sporty. Why not just do a proper car and save some work?
      404 not found
      • 1 Year Ago
      I need this SUV in my life.
      bonehead
      • 1 Year Ago
      would much rather see this in the states as an S4 avant WITH a manual. I much prefer the look and handling of wagons, to lowered CUVs. And while im at it, id also like to see $50k magically appear in my checking account as well.
      michael.corliss
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yawn!!! Time for BMW to get going on a X3M.
        MJC
        • 1 Year Ago
        @michael.corliss
        Yeah, no thanks. I'll take the better looking car with Quattro please (i.e. this one).
          MJC
          • 1 Year Ago
          @MJC
          As the others have said, BMW offers no reliability advantage over Audi. I've owned 4 Audis with no major issues. The one BMW product I owned (Cooper S) had about 12 warranty repairs and was pretty decent after that.
          PatrickH
          • 1 Year Ago
          @MJC
          RL to RL, if you're trying to argue that BMW has better reliability all I can do is laugh.
          rocketmoose
          • 1 Year Ago
          @MJC
          Because BMW are well known for their reliability...
          RL to RL
          • 1 Year Ago
          @MJC
          But with Audi reliability. Guess your Audi fanboy membership is still valid.
      th0mb0ne
      • 1 Year Ago
      No matter the engine, still a heavy jacked-up (but lowered?!) pig. Just gimme the wagon.
      PatrickH
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't care what Audi says, that's a STATION WAGON. Just look at it. That. Is. A. Station. Wagon.
        Klep
        • 1 Year Ago
        @PatrickH
        I wish it was. Since Americans seem to loath the practicality of wagons so much they must have figured this will sell.
          Klep
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Klep
          Why make a vehicle intended for the road this tall? All it does is increase drag, increase wind noise, increase body roll... All aspects of handling are better when the center of gravity is lower. SUVs are fine being tall for legitimate purposes (off-roading), but to make an SUV intended for the road is just catering to those people who need to feel large in some way.
          Twittavelli
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Klep
          So stupid and that is why we are starved for the beautiful rs6 avant which has to be the most wonderful thing ever.
          torqued
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Klep
          How is this less practical than a wagon? It's plenty low enough to get in and out easily. The interior space has to be at least as big. It's not too big to fit in parking spots. Fuel economy? I can't imagine the RS6 gets great mileage.
      robespierex
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seems likely this will be the engine in the next S4... not bad.
      Assblaster
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great HP and performance... but why do all Audis look like toasters??????????
        Klep
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Assblaster
        More like tuxedos. I'll admit this the Q5 is the most generic of all Audis, but I also think Audi's design language is the most sophisticated of the German big 3.
      BK
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's a great engine- generally underrated much like BMW does with its turbo inline 6. Unfortunately, I would love to see a sporty wagon too- give me an S6 Avant please. But we are the minority. Most Americans want these CUVs, and yes even some want "sporty" ones. It's silly but Audi will sell them.
      Hernan
      • 1 Year Ago
      With the Porsche Cajun presumably coming soonish, I'd wait (I own a Q5 3.2, so definitely not an Audi hater).
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