By Staff Contributor.
The new 2014 Audi SQ5 shown at the Detroit Auto Show is the first ever to be powered by a gasoline engine 354 hp and 346.65 lb-ft of torque The new top-of-the-line model was designed specifically for markets such as the United States, Canada and China, it uses a 3.0 TFSI engine with forced induction. The best part is it blasts from zero to 0-62 mph in only 5.3 seconds (best in its class) and its top speed is 55 mph.
The new SQ5 is powered by a free-revving, supercharged, 3.0 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 so she can get you where you need to be FAST.
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 so when you want a more sportier feel take hold of the paddles and shift your way around town.
The 20-inch wheels or 21-inch wheels are available an 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.
Aluminum look is plentiful with 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. MMI navigation plus and the Bluetooth online car phone provide the Internet services from Audi connect to the vehicle. Audi can supply this dynamic SUV with an array of optional assistance and infotainment systems.
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 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 has a nice 59.33 cu ft of capacity.
(Note: All vehicles provided by manufacturers for comparison test purposes.)