The SUV Sports segment has become one of the most competitive niche markets in recent years, with excellent products such as the Maserati Levante, the Bentley Bentayga, or the famous Porsche Cayenne. In an effort to lead the competition, Audi has just introduced its new SQ5, which is faster, more efficient, and more sporting than ever.
Driving a family SUV no longer means giving up the character and speed of the vehicle. On the contrary, those who ride these vehicles have shown a clear preference for units that feature a greater level of luxury and sportsmanship.
These extreme SUVs cater to different tastes, depending on the driver’s whims. For example, the new SQ5 accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds and offers a maximum torque of 369 lbs/ft at just 1370 rpm, which gives it a wide-ranging, incredibly high acceleration power. Meanwhile, the top speed is limited to 155 mph, and all this sports performance is combined with a very efficient consumption of only 27 mpg.
From the mechanical point of view, the SQ5 features a full-time all-wheel drive with an optional rear-wheel drive vector control, which distributes traction between the two back wheels for maximum thrust at all times. Additionally, it comes with variable electronic assistance steering and an 8-speed automatic box and a manual mode that works from cams on the steering wheel.
The 2018 SQ5 has been completely redesigned, offering more angular lines that underline its prominent hexagonal grille and 3D LED lights, complemented by the rear lights of the same technology and a dynamic drive. When it comes to looks and style, the SQ5 differs from the regular Q5 by the multiple air intakes, diffusers and a quadruple exhaust outlet, all in silver tones to match the huge 20" wheels and the mirrors finished in stainless steel.
The interior has a sporting personality, with S-shaped armrests upholstered in beautiful leather trimmed with rhombic stitching, a straight-edged steering wheel with aluminum accents and complementary detailing made of wood, aluminum, and carbon fiber.
But this model is not only about sportiness and appearance. It has excellent safety measures, including pedestrian detection with automatic braking, detection of rear-end collisions, a blind spot camera, parking and traffic jam assistant and lane control, not to mention all the standard passive features in today's premium industry.
The new SQ5 is a luxury vehicle that can easily be used by any member of the family to transport children or go shopping with total peace of mind, comfort and safety, as well as in a racing circuit at high speeds. In fact, you can even venture off the track and take it to the beach or drive in the mud. This new entry by Audi is one of the reasons luxury SUVs are chosen by buyers of all ages who appreciate their versatility. With the SQ5, Audi is firmly committed to this niche market with one of its best products for 2018.
• Biturbo engine of 3.0 cubic centimeters and 354 horsepower.
• From 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds.
• 8-speed automatic transmission and camshaft.
• Variable sports suspension.
• Active safety systems with 360 ° monitoring.
• Audi cockpit system, Android auto-sync, and Apple Carplay.
• Combined consumption of only 27 mpg. ■
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