Take a Q5, incorporate a performance-tuned suspension, couple it with a powerful engine, and there you have it, the 2018 Audi SQ5. The performance is perfectly vouched by a perfect blend of creativity and elegance not only in the design but also in bringing out a fuel-efficient option that most drivers will be thrilled with. Also, packed in the 2018 Audi SQ5 is an 8.3-inch infotainment screen as well as a 12.3-inch digital display to provide you with the best and most comfortable drive home. This redesign of the 2018 Audi Q5 comes as a performance oriented variant, lighter and more efficient with a new and better approach to achieving adequate power with spiffier features.
2018 Audi SQ5 – Sporty Styling
With regards to the weight, the 2018 Audi SQ5 has lost a considerable amount as compared to the previous model. The structure is mainly composed of aluminum which is one aspect that has led to the significant weight loss.
The bumpers are more aggressive giving it an edgy appeal with a new trapezoidal grille that fits into the greater family of Audi supercars. The air intakes are sporty and the front fascia also includes double aluminum slated radiator grille. For the rear fascia, there are twin exhaust tailpipes that have an aluminum diffusing clasp and both the rear and front lights are LED.
The first thing you will notice in the cabin are the uniquely branded illuminated door sills. Its seats are specially upholstered with faux suede and softer Napa leather, diamond quilting with optional massages. Both the steering wheel and the seats will incorporate contrast stitching. There are also wood and carbon-fiber trim options combined with brushed aluminum inlays. Shift paddles are made from aluminum while the dead pedal is made from stainless steel. There is also lots of tech features that aid drivers. Some of them are adaptive cruise controls, traffic jam assists, lane-keeping, parking assist, rear cross traffic as well as pedestrian detection aided by automated emergency braking.
Powerful Engine and Gearbox
Under the hood of the 2018 Audi SQ5 is a 3.0 liter V6 turbocharged engine. The horsepower rating is 360 and the torque output is 369 lb-ft. The new model will accelerate from 0 – 60 mph in 5.1 seconds with top speed of 155 mph. The eight-speed automatic transmission has paddle shifters that deliver torque to its permanent all-wheel-drive system. This is capable of biasing torque towards the rear axle in regular driving situations. Also available is an alternative sports differential that comes with torque vectoring as an option.
Market Values and Availability
There is no word on the pricing of the 2018 Audi SQ5. But if we estimate gauging from the price of its sibling models, the base price is likely to be $55,000. It expected to be showcased in showrooms sometime in mid-2017. The expectations are high considering the vast array of features we anticipate with the 2018 Audi SQ5.