Audi’s sporty SQ5 SUV has been updated with refreshed styling, and more power thanks to major changes to the engine.

In its latest version, the 3.0-litre V6 engine’s the pistons are no longer made of aluminium but of forged steel. The intercooler has been changed over from an air/air cooler in the bumper to an indirect water/air cooler in the inside of the V of the engine.

The turbocharger has a smaller and lighter compressor wheel for a faster torque buildup. The exhaust manifold has improved insulation so that the exhaust gas reaches the optimum temperature more quickly after a cold start.

The 3.0 TDI has a 48-volt mild hybrid system. When the car decelerates, the MHEV system recovers up to 8 kW of power. The SUV can coast for up to 40 seconds with the engine switched off. This has the potential to reduce fuel consumption by up to 0.7 litres per 100 kilometres.

Matrix LED headlights are now standard, with continuous automatic high beam, dynamic turn signals and dynamic animations when locking and unlocking.

At the rear, a matte aluminium strip is integrated in the lower bumpers, below which are the diffuser insert and four chromium-plated oval tailpipe trims. Buyers have a choice of nine exterior paint finishes.

Audi SQ5 has the smartphone interface via Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay. There’s a Bang & Olufsen 3D premium sound system (19 speakers, 755 Watts), and a head-up display.

Ambient lighting in the cabin is offered with the choice of over 30 different colour tones.

“The new SQ5 TDI represents an Audi icon in its finest form ever,” said Paul Sansom, Managing Director of Audi Australia.

“The instant success of the recently returned SQ5 TDI special edition models confirm the continued appeal of a high-performance TDI engine in this segment. The new-generation 3.0 TDI V6 brings the very latest technology to deliver crushing performance, with impressive efficiency and very low emissions.”

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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