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9 January 2017


Audi of America president Scott Keogh introduced the latest addition to Audi’s SUV family today in Detroit, the Audi SQ5.

The sporty SUV packs a 3.0-liter TFSI V6 that churns out 354 hp, 369 lb-ft of torque, and is likely to make the SQ5 the next car featured in our ongoing series, Big Audis Go Speeds they Have No Business Going.

The SQ5 funnels its power to all four wheels through an 8-speed tiptronic transmission. With active torque splitting between axles, and yet more active torque splitting between the rear wheels, the SQ5 is sure to get you around corners as quickly as it gets you off the line.

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Speaking of which, the new SQ5 will get you to 60 mph from a standstill in just 5.1 seconds. And with the help of adaptive steering and a sport adaptive airĀ  suspension (the first such system in an SQ5) you’ll always be in control of your big Audi.

An added benefit of the air ride suspension is that it adds a fourth driving mode to the SQ5 that you might not expect. With the ability to change the SQ5’s ride height you can also take it off-roading.

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Inside, the SQ5 is as luxurious and well equipped as you’d expect. Optional diamond-pattern seats, Bang & Olufsen stereo, and Virtual Cockpit all make the driver feel how special the car is. And since this is an S, there’s also a sport setting for the virtual cockpit that adds a boost pressure gauge and lap timer to the display.

Audi’s full suite of driver aids–Audi pre sense, side assist, adaptive cruise, etc–are all also available.

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