Audi has revealed its facelifted SQ5, which will be offered in Europe with a 3,0-litre V6 turbodiesel engine.

Yes, unlike the pre-facelift petrol version offered here in South Africa, the updated model for Europe again employs diesel power. The tweaked TDI powerplant makes 251 kW and 700 N.m, with the Ingolstadt-based firm claiming it develops its power “earlier and more forcefully than before”. The result is a sprint from zero to 100 km/h in a claimed 5,1 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h.

The oil-burning V6’s pistons are no longer made of aluminium, with Audi instead opting for forged steel. The solenoid injectors, meanwhile, feature a new piezo sensor to ensure greater precision and the intercooler has been changed from an air/air item in the bumper to an indirect water/air cooler in the “V” of the engine. Power is transmitted to all four corners via an eight-speed automatic transmission “adapted to suit the modified engine”.

And the turbocharger? Well, it now features a smaller and lighter compressor wheel, while the exhaust manifold benefits from improved insulation. Furthermore, the 3,0 TDI powertrain gains a 48 V mild-hybrid system as well as an electric powered compressor.

The “S” sport suspension system with damper control lowers the body by 30 mm compared with the standard Q5, while adaptive air suspension (with S-specific tuning) is again available.

Inside, the refreshed SQ5 TDI 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.


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