2018 Audi SQ5 Review, Release Date, Specs

The 2018 Audi SQ5 is the sportier version of Audi’s Q5. Audi’s compact Q5 is its best-selling vehicle as it enters the ninth model year. The original Q5 has driven the crossover/SUV boom and set a benchmark for luxury SUVs that followed. It operates within the largest slice of the premium crossover pie: the B segment. The all-new Audi SQ5 is an ultimate combination of performance, technology, and luxury. This new SQ5 is the performance-oriented sibling of Q5 and is definitely adding some spice.

2018 Audi SQ5 front

2018 Audi SQ5 – Design Comfort and Elegance

The basic shape of QS5 is pretty much the same as its earlier models. However, there are some interesting differences. It starts with the same steel unibody as the Q5 and is 1.3 inches longer than its predecessor on a wheelbase spread nearly an inch. A platinum gray grill, standard LED headlights, aluminum mirror caps, and a rear roof spoiler add to its typical S line styling.

Its body is more muscular than before with sharper edges and sculpted front end. On looking closer, revised honeycomb grille mesh design and a set of polished aluminum grille slats. The Q5 as lost as much as 198 pounds compared to its current model. The additional space from its wheelbase growth is dedicated to the rear seat legroom.

2018 Audi SQ5 side-rear

2018 Audi SQ5 – Expected Engine Details

The key ingredient in any Audi S model is more powerful. The new 2018 Audi SQ5 will be available with two different engines for the US and the EU. Both engines will receive a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 from the S4. A hot-V design in which the turbos are mounted between the two-cylinder heads is used. The US engine has a rather impressive 354 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque whereas the European model will provide up to 313 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque.  Power is channeled through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission to all four wheels via Audi’s latest Quattro all-wheel-drive system with Ultra technology.

Specs and Technology:

Its interiors have been carried forward from the standard model. However, the all new 2018 Audi SQ5 has some notable features including a set of comfortable, form-fitting sport seats trimmed in leather and Alcantara, a phenomenal three-spoke, flat-bottom steering wheel, Alcantara door panel inserts, and brushed metal surrounds for the gear selector, touchpad, climate controls, air vents, and steering wheel spoke. Consumers can opt for Audi’s 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit LCD screen and an optional 8.3-inch center-mounted infotainment display and MMI Touch, the latter of which can recognize handwriting and common gestures, such as pinching to zoom.

Its standard safety features include 6 airbags, LED daytime running lights, automatic emergency braking, low-speed collision assistance, electronic stability control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a rearview camera, and LATCH child safety system.

2018 Audi SQ5 interior

2018 Audi SQ5 – Price and Release Date

This new SQ5 will reach Audi stores any minute now with its pricing starting from $56,000.

The SQ5 is not only thrilling but also executes it mission. It offers an attractive way to combine swift on-road travel with a touch of practicality.

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