The New Road-going Audi SQ5 TDI Has Been Unveiled

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It is scheduled to open for UK order in October priced at around £45,000 ahead of first deliveries next spring. (Source: Business Car Manager)

Super SUV: The 313PS Audi SQ5 is first S model to use TDI power and will cost £45,000 when it goes on sale next year

The new super-SUV will be notable as the first TDI-powered 'S' model in the history of the brand and will offer 313PS and 39mpg capability. It is scheduled to open for UK order in October priced at around £45,000 ahead of first deliveries next spring.

The 3.0-litre BiTDI engine powering the new SQ5 TDI produces a brawny 313PS and 650 Nm of torque between 1,450 and 2,800 rpm. Channelled through an eight-speed tiptronic automatic transmission and via quattro all-wheel-drive it is good for a 0-62mph time of just 5.1 seconds and a governed 155mph top speed, and sounds every inch an 'S' model as it punches at the horizon thanks to a specially developed sound actuator in the exhaust system which enriches the exhaust note.

With the help of innovative thermal management, the engine start-stop system and a regulated oil pump, economy remains firmly in TDI territory, with up to 39.2mpg possible according to the combined cycle test.

It is distinguished from its stablemates by its lower ride height and

standard 20-inch wheels, which at the front frame black brake callipers with 'S' badging, feature a five parallel-spoke design and are fitted with 255/45 tyres.

The most eye-catching design cues distinguishing the new SQ5 TDI are the platinum grey single-frame grille with its galvanized double bars in an aluminium-look finish, the roof spoiler and the modified bumpers.

The high-gloss package and the aluminium-look exterior mirrors accentuate the area around the windows.

Audi offers the new top model in the crystal effect paint finishes Estoril Blue or Panther Black. The body includes a high proportion of ultra-high-strength steels, making it very light, safe and rigid.

Options also include Audi's state-of-the-art assistance and infotainment systems as well as Audi connect services, bringing the many benefits of the internet to the car.

It will be interesting to see how it compares to rivals on a business car lease when it does eventually reach UK showrooms next year. Keep up to date with these kind of company car news every day.

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