All-New 2018 Audi SQ5 With 350Hp Breaks Cover At Detroit

Audi revealed the all-new 2018 SQ5, the sportiest variant of the German SUV yet, powered by a new turbocharged V6 engine.

Under the bonnet of the 2018 Audi SQ5 lies an all-new 3.0-litre TFSI V6 engine that produces 350hp (354PS) and 369lb-ft of peak torque between 1370 and 4500rpm and is paired to an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

As you would expect, the company’s trademark Quattro all-wheel drive system is standard, with customers given the option of the S sport package which includes a sport rear differential to further boost the dynamic handling character of the new SQ5. 0-60mph comes in 5.1 seconds.

Front and rear suspension is newly developed, with a redesigned front five-link setup to improve the steering precision. But Audi is now offering -for the first time in an SQ5- a sport adaptive air suspension which drops the height by 30mm in auto mode and allows the driver to adjust both the ride height and the firmness of the damping via the Audi drive select.

The range-topping version of the Audi Q5 also offers two extra drive select modes, allroad and the lift/offroad, next to the standard comfort, auto, dynamic and individual. The dynamic steering option is also available to those you want a variable steering ratio that adjusts itself based on the speed and the selected drive mode.

Outside there are all the usual and latest traits of an Audi S model, meaning a gray front grille which Audi calls it “Singleframe” and features double horizontal blades, aluminum covers for the door mirrors and a rear spoiler. The headlights and the taillights are LEDs with 3D-design patterns and the trademark dynamic turn signals.

The cabin gains a set of sportier seats with optional diamond stitching, a flat-bottom steering wheel and matte brushed aluminum trim as standard or carbon inlays as an option. Tech-oriented customers will benefit from the latest-generation of the company’s MMI infotainment which features hand-writing recognition and standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

The range of driver assistance systems includes automatic emergency braking system with pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control with stop and go and a traffic jam assist that works up to speeds of 40mph.

Audi says that the all-new 2018 SQ5 will be available from this spring.

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  • salamOOn

    for me….. glc 43 please.

  • Kaisuke971

    I was expecting Audi to make the new SQ5 a bit quicker than that, this is supposed to be next gen… Hope BMW will force them to give it more oomph with their X3 M40i coming in 2018. Hopefully it has around 380hp and makes the whole segment step its game up.

    • TheHake

      It’s an SQ, not RSQ.

      • Kaisuke971

        I am well aware, but an RS Q5 would compete with the 510hp Stelvio Quadrifoglio and 450-500hp X3 M. The gap is too big, this is already slower than the X4 M40i…

        • TheHake

          I reckon I’d be ok with 260KW/500Nm… untuned.

  • jace112

    bad comment

  • eminem09494

    The Stelvio Quadrifoglio destroy this shitbox

  • TheBelltower

    It’s good looking enough. But Audi really isn’t setting the world on fire lately. They are about as “in the box” as a brand can be.

  • MPAMPIS

    alfa romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio fuck this shitbox,,,

  • nastinupe

    If you told me that this car cost $25,000 I still wouldn’t want it.

  • SteersUright

    What with Audi and the having the engine sit ahead of the front axle? Why not fix this already? Also, does the Audi based Macan suffer from this same engine position? Seems that they managed to make it handle well anyhow. Hopefully this Audi has some of the Macan magic rub off into its own handling. Also, if it doesn’t come in at significantly less than the Macan S, why would anyone buy this over the Macan?

  • PorscheAudiCarFan

    This styling looks a bit odd. Subaru Outback and Mazda 3 had a baby and this is what we get?