Audi SQ5 TDI 2019, a sports SUV with 347 hp V6 engine and electric compressor

Audi SQ5 TDI is a performance diesel crossover we won't get. It has a 48-volt mild hybrid system, too. Zac Palmer

Audi SQ5 TDI is a performance diesel crossover we won't get. It has a 48-volt mild hybrid system, too. Zac Palmer

With the new generation of the Audi Q5 , launched a couple of years ago, the most powerful variant, the Audi SQ5 TDI , remained in the pipeline , which now reappears with a 3.0 TDI V6 engine with turbo and electric compressor , in addition to mild technology. hybrid with 48 volt electrical system. It will arrive at dealerships in summer.

This new block turbo diesel six-cylinder offers a power of 347 hp and, above all, a generous maximum torque of 700 Nm . Of series goes associated so much to the all-wheel drive quattro (with differential self-locking central and distribution 40:60 – up to 85% of the pair can be directed to the rear axle) as to a tiptronic automatic change of torque converter and eight speeds.

One of the main advantages of the incorporation of the electric compressor – technology that Audi premiered in the SQ7 of 2016 – is that the torque of the V6 block is available at very low turns . ” Just above idle “, according to the manufacturer, since the compressor supports the turbo below 1,650 rpm. On paper, the maximum torque of 700 Nm develops between 2,500 and 3,100 rpm.

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This compressor, driven by a small electric motor of 7 kW (9.5 HP) and capable of turning up to 65,000 rpm, is located in the intake circuit, in front of the intercooler and near the engine, and its main role is to enter in action when the pressure of the turbo (variable geometry) is still small and, therefore, complement the turbo in its weak points.

This sporty SUV accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 5.1 seconds and its maximum speed is electronically limited to 250 km / h. On the other hand, it standardizes an average fuel consumption of between 6.6 and 6.8 liters (NEDC), and complies with the Euro 6d-Temp regulations. In addition, the start / stop system can switch off the engine before stopping, at a speed of 22 km / h.

The MHEV or mild-hybrid 48-volt system, which according to Audi can reduce consumption by up to 0.7 liters per hundred kilometers, has a 10 Ah battery under the trunk and an alternator that also acts as the engine of start, and is driven by a belt connected to the crankshaft. During braking or retentions, it recovers energy to recharge the lithium-ion battery, although it also has “candle mode”.

In addition to the selective torque distribution, which is standard, Audi optionally offers a sports differential for the rear axle that helps reduce understeer by sending torque to the rear outer wheel in accelerations. The suspension of the SQ5 TDI, on the other hand, has as standard adjustable shock absorbers , and reduces the height by 3 centimeters with respect to the conventional Q5. Adaptive air suspension is also optional.

At the aesthetic level, it is distinguished by more sporty and aggressive bumpers, a honeycomb grid, matt gray contrast elements, S logos, LED headlights and lights with dynamic front indicators, a rear diffuser, etc…

The wheels of the SQ5 are cast aluminum and 20 inches in diameter, with 255/45 rubber, although optionally available 21-inch wheels and many specific designs of Audi Sport. On the other hand, the brake team enjoys 375 mm discs on the front axle, with six-piston aluminum calipers (painted in black and with S logo, optionally in red).

Technology and equipment

In the passenger compartment we find leather-covered sports steering wheel with contrast stitching, S sports seats upholstered in leather and alcantara (fine nappa with diamond pattern as option), polished aluminum moldings, stainless steel pedal board and aluminum cams , for example . The trunk, in addition, offers between 550 and 1,550 liters of volume.

Despite being an S model, the digital instrument panel or Audi virtual cockpit is not standard, but optional, and includes a 12.3-inch screen and a complementary Head-Up Display. The most complete multimedia system or MMI Navigation Plus has an 8.2-inch screen and includes connected services, Internet connection (4G LTE) or Wi-Fi (optional as well). There is also a Bang & Olufsen sound system option.

In terms of assistance systems , optional features such as the active lane maintenance assistant or the safety distance monitor, in addition to the rear cross traffic assistant, assistant to avoid collisions, Audi pre sense, camera with recognition of traffic signals, Drop control or Park Assist.