Future Models - Audi 2017 Q5
More potent Audi Q5 diesel on the way
Sports fan: The new SQ5 will be powered by a turbo-petrol V6 instead of a turbo-diesel V6 like the old model.
Audi says yes to a more potent 3.0 TDI diesel for Q5, but still no SQ5 oiler
16 April 2017
AUDI Australia is set to introduce a beefier 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel engine
to its imminent second-generation Q5 SUV range, but it has ruled out a return
of the popular oil-burning SQ5.
The new Q5 hits dealerships in late June with a pair of 2.0-litre diesel
variants, a 2.0 TFSI turbo petrol and fire-breathing 260kW SQ5 turbo-petrol V6,
but a more potent diesel is all but locked in.
Speaking with journalists at a Q5 preview drive in Canberra, Audi Australia
product planning manager Peter Strudwicke said the German car-maker was
assessing such a variant for the local market.
“We haven’t made a decision yet but we are closely looking at a 3.0-litre six
cylinder TDI as well,” he said. “If that was to come it wouldn’t be until later
in the year.”
The outgoing Q5 is offered with a 190kW/580Nm 3.0-litre V6, but the all-new Q5
is available in Europe with an “intensively revised” 3.0 TDI V6 unit delivering
210kW/620Nm and paired with an eight-speed S-tronic dual-clutch transmission.
Mr Strudwicke said it was not the exact same 3.0 TDI engine that is fitted to
the larger Audi Q7 SUV.
“No it is actually a new engine. It is related, but it is a further development
of that engine,” he said.
“It has a number of additional technologies, it produces a little bit more
power and it has variable valve timing both inlet and outlet. It is a really
interesting engine so we are looking at it.”
Precise timing, pricing and specification are unclear, but it is likely to
carry a premium over the new 2.0 TDI Quattro Sport that is priced from $70,700.
Mr Strudwicke also ruled out a V6 turbo-petrol variant that could sit above the
$73,500 Q5 2.0 TFSI Quattro Sport but below the spicy SQ5 in the SUV range.
“That possibly would clutter things too much. There is not one available
currently globally in the range. To get a V6 petrol you need to get the SQ5.”
The outgoing SQ5 was powered by 250kW/700Nm 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine (in
‘Plus’ guise), but the new-gen version will be petrol only.
It has been a big sales hit for the brand in Australia and at various times has
been the best selling Q5 variant and the best selling Audi Sport variant in the
Mr Strudwicke said the company was not expecting fans of the previous SQ5 to be
disappointed by the fact that there is no longer a diesel variant.
“We think that the petrol SQ5 is pretty good,” he said. “If you look at the
efficiency of the engine and the performance and additional torque, we still
think it will offer something previous SQ5 buyers will be very interested in.”
Audi Australia general manager of corporate communications Anna
Burgdorf reiterated the benefits of the new SQ5’s powertrain and said it was
the best possible engine for the model.
“Importantly for us, Audi has packaged this car (SQ5) because it is going to
give the best performance with a 3.0-litre TFSI engine at the moment,” she
said. “The important thing for us is not so much that we prefer a diesel in a
performance model, it is that this package will be exceptional in the same way
the previous generation was, it just happens to have a TFSI engine.”
While the outgoing SQ5 was priced under $100k at $92,600, the runout Plus
versions lifted it to $108,900.
When asked if the new-gen SQ5 could stay below $100,000, Ms Burgdorf was coy,
saying that we would “have to wait and see”.
The new SQ5 will roll into showrooms just weeks after the rest of the range in