All those who looking for a perfect blend of luxury and power should probably look no further than the upcoming 2018 Audi SQ5. The German cars and SUVs were always known for their style, build quality and performance, and the new SQ5 is no exception. With this new model, the Audi intends to reinforce its lineup for the 2018 and once again play an important role in the crowded market of crossover SUVs. This model will get new powertrains and a slew of both minor and major updates, in order to successfully compete against the Mercedes-Benz GLC and the Lexus RX.
2018 Audi SQ5 – Stylish Exterior and Interior Design
What can be said about the exterior of the 2018 Audi SQ5 that hasn’t been said in the past? Well, not much. Just like the previous models, this new one will also excel with its combination of aggressiveness, style and athleticism. Thanks to some new materials, specifically aluminum, the new SQ5 will shed substantial weight, which will further contribute to its performance and looks. In general, the SQ5 will strongly resemble the Q5, albeit with some notable differences.
To give the SUV a more edgy appeal, the Audi has opted to introduce new, more aggressive bumpers, as well as a redesigned, trapezoidal grille. In addition, the vehicle will also sport a front spoiler and athletic-looking air intakes. When it comes to the rear of the SQ5, one can easily notice revamped LED taillights, a diffuser clasp, and twin exhaust tailpipes.
While the exterior of the 2018 Audi SQ5 has seen some major updates and upgrades, its interior has received a smaller number of minor updates. Although it still relies on some last-gen design choices, the interior of the SQ5 is still among the most luxurious ones on the market. It is highly elegant and comfortable, while simultaneously emphasizing technology, which results in a plethora of buttons.
The headroom and legroom are plentiful, and the driver and the passengers can enjoy the comfort provided by adjustable seats, which are fully covered in leather. On the tech side of things, the customers can expect a bevy of features. The drivers will most certainly appreciate an adaptive cruise control with the Traffic Jam assist, parking assist, automated emergency braking, cross traffic alert and more. In the infotainment department, the SQ5 will feature the Audi Connect suite, iPod integration, a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, Bluetooth connectivity and much more.
2018 Audi SQ5 – Engine Specs and Performance
Below its hood, the upcoming 2018 Audi SQ5 will sport 3 engine variants. Starting from the standard variant, we will see a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, with 220 hp at 4.450 – 6.000 rpm and 258 lb-ft at 1.500 rpm. This engine will come with a 4WD and will have an EPA rating of 20/27 mpg. Next up, we have a 272 hp, 3.0-liter supercharged V6 with 295 lb-ft of torque and an EPA of 18/26 mpg. The most powerful powertrain will be an upgraded variant of the V6 engine, with 354 hp and 346 lb-ft, with an EPA of 17/24 mpg. All three of the engines will come paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive.
2018 Audi SQ5 – Estimated Arrival and Price
The latest 2018 Audi SQ5 should reach the U.S. market in the last quarter of 2017. The price will be around $42.000 to 60.000.