The SQ5 is a performance version of the Audi’s compact luxury crossover called Q5. It originally came in 2013, along with mid-cycle refresh of the original model, which was launched in 2008. This time, you won’t have to wait few years or more for a performance version of new-generation Q5. According to rumors, it will come together with standard model, which is planned to come as 2016 year model. The 2016 Audi SQ5 will come soon after standard model and, just like previous generation, it will feature several of unique characteristics, both in terms of visual appearance and performance.
2016 Audi SQ5 specs
The 2016 Audi SQ5 will be heavily based on the standard 2016 Q5, which is coming completely redesigned. All of these changes will be a found on this performance model too. It will ride on the new MLB platform, which will feature a body structure made of ultra light materials, so new model will be significantly lighter. When it is about visual appearance, 2016 SQ5 will come with the same look that characterizes standard second-generation model, but it will also come with several unique details. Although it will feature same design language, it will come with plenty of details which will emphasize its sporty character, so expect things like new bumpers with large air intakes, roof spoiler, special color options etc. Same thing is expected inside. The 2016 Audi SQ5 will feature interior based on standard Q5 model, but with several unique features. Expect to see thing like sports seats, steering wheel, SQ5 badges all over the cabin and many other special features.
2016 Audi SQ5 engine
Current model is available in two variants. It is the company’s first model of this kind that features a diesel engine. It is a 3.0 TDI V6, which outputs 310 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. There is also a petrol engine in offer. It is a 3.0 liter TFSI Supercharged V6 350 horses and 350 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are paired with 8-speed Tiptronic transmission. Since this powertrains are still very fresh, we don’t expect changes for 2016 Audi SQ5. We will probably see only improvements in terms of power.
2016 Audi SQ5 release date and price
The exact details about release date and price are still unknown. However, it is expected that 2016 Audi SQ5 will come shortly after standard model’s launch. New model will be available at around 53.000 dollars.