The German manufacturer Audi introduced the new generation of the sports crossover SQ5, which relies on a turbo diesel engine. It has to become an alternative to the gasoline engine that is usually equipped with similar models.
The new Audi SQ5 TDI features a 3.0-liter V6 engine running under the “soft hybrid” scheme. In this case, the diesel engine is equipped with a turbine and an electric compressor that is powered by a separate 48-volt grid and a lithium-ion battery built into the floor of the car. The electric compressor compensates for turbine deceleration at low revs by helping to start and accelerate. The gearbox is an 8-speed automatic, which works with the four-wheel drive system Quattro. The torque distribution is 40:60, but if necessary up to 70% of the thrust can be transferred to the front axle and up to 85% to the rear.
The power unit develops 347 hp and 700 Nm of torque. The Audi Diesel Crossover accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds, which is 0.3 seconds faster than SQ5 with a gasoline engine TSI. The maximum speed is traditionally limited to 250 km/h.
To improve crossover resistance, a vector control system helps slow down the rotation of the inner wheels. An optional rear differential is available as an option.
Additionally, Audi SQ5 TDI is equipped with a 30 mm suspension with electronic dampers (adaptive suspension available as an option), travel mode switch, 20-inch wheels, 375 mm brake discs, and reinforced brake calipers.
Sales of the crossover must start in the summer of this year. Prices are already clear in Germany, where they start at 67,500 EUR.