Following the launch of the 2021 Audi Q5 facelift in May this year, Audi also recently announced an upgraded version of its flagship performance variant of this SUV line, the SQ5.
The current generation Audi SQ5 SUV has two engine options, including TFSI petrol engine and TDI diesel engine, introduced for the first time in February 2019. Both engine options are available in 3.0L V6 configuration.
However, in the upgraded mid-life version this time, the new 2021 Audi SQ5 2021 TDI will have a capacity of 341 hp (less than its predecessor with only 347 hp) with a sustained torque of 700 Nm. The difference is that torque is now distributed in a wider range from 1,750 to 3,250 rpm. 2021 Audi SQ5 still takes 5.1 seconds to accelerate from 0-100km / h like the old version.
To improve the performance of the engine, Audi has equipped a 6-cylinder set with steel forged pistons instead of aluminum as before. This enhancement allows to reduce useless heat loss as well as significantly reduce the vehicle weight. In addition, the stepped design of the piston head makes the combustion faster and more efficient. The injector is also equipped with a sensor to control the opening / closing of the injector so that the operation can be more accurate.
In particular, the water tank at the top of the car has been moved to the V-shaped air cooler of the engine, helping to cool more efficiently. From there, the intake air will reach the combustion chamber faster to increase pressure faster, and possibly even heat the intake air to start the engine faster.
The exhaust system has also been improved, adding insulation to allow the exhaust gas to reach the optimal temperature faster when it reaches the turbocharger. There’s also the SCR system – allowing the car to meet the stricter Euro 6d ISC-FCM AP emissions standards. The air-release sensor valve remains intact to optimize engine performance.
The new generation Audi SQ5 maintains a 48 volt mild hybrid system to aid in the start / stop process of the car. This hybrid system simultaneously reduces fuel consumption by up to 0.7 liters per 100 km. The electric compressor, which drives the turbocharger at lower revs, is also retained but operates more frequently giving the car a better response.
This sporty SUV still uses an 8-speed automatic transmission and the AWD Quattro 4-wheel drive system. This drive system still allows for 40:60 torque distribution from front to back. This drive system is also capable of transmitting up to 70% of traction in the front and 85% to the rear. As standard, the brake-operated torque vectoring helps the car rotate when entering corners and customers can enhance this effect by adding the sport option to limit rear slip.
Audi also upgraded S sports suspension with adaptive dampers, 30mm lower travel height and 5-link system at the front and rear. The adaptive air suspension is available as an option allowing the driver to lift and lower the groundwork in 5 different levels while on the road. Vehicles with standard 20-inch alloy wheels or users can choose 21-inch wheels with six-piston front brake calipers approximately 375 mm in diameter.
Like the standard Q5, the SQ5 has a pretty comprehensive makeover, highlighted by the wider, flatter Singleframe grille. This grille is no longer linked to the headlights. The lighting system uses LED technology in matrix headlights and daytime lights. At the back, you’ll find the available OLED taillights in different designs, again with sequential sensors.
The unique feature of the SQ5 is also located in the front bumper with vertical aluminum radiator fins. The sides of the car are also deeper, while the rear bumper carries a large diffuser, quadrilateral exhaust. The biggest difference on the inside is the new MMI infotainment system, which comes equipped with a 10.3-inch touchscreen that eliminates the crown on the center console.
It also owns a 12.3-inch virtual cockpit digital clock, Qi wireless charging and Car-to-X communication technology. The head-up display and Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system are available as options.