Audi has unwrapped its new SQ5 Sportback in Europe, handing the coupé-style crossover the same 700 N.m turbodiesel heart as used by the standard body style SQ5.

As in that model, the TDI-badged 3,0-litre V6 oil-burner offers 251 kW and 700 N.m to all four corners via an eight-speed automatic transmission, with peak twisting force on tap between 1 750 and 3 250 r/min.

That’s enough, claims the Ingolstadt-based firm, for a sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 5,1 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h. In theory, the new SQ5 Sportback will take on the BMW X4 M40i and Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupé, though these two petrol-powered models accelerate a shade quicker.

The powertrain includes a 48 V mild-hybrid system capable of recovering up to 8 kW when decelerating, while the permanent all-wheel-drive system uses a mechanical centre differential. Audi says an actuator in the exhaust system lends the SQ5 Sportback’s soundtrack both “tone and richness”.

The new SQ5 Sportback ships standard on 20-inch alloys wrapped in 255/45 tyres, though 21-inch items are optionally available. Six-piston aluminium brake callipers and 375 mm discs are mounted on the front axle. The S sport suspension lowers the body by 30 mm compared with the standard Q5 Sportback, while adaptive air suspension is also offered as an option.

Inside, the newcomer features a black or dark grey interior with illuminated aluminium door-sill trim bearing “S” logos. There’s also the firm's familiar 10,1-inch MMI touch display and the 12,3-inch instrument cluster.