Audi launches new SQ5 Sportback to join crossover lineup

FOLLOWING the Q3 Sportback and the e-tron Sportback, Audi now presents its third crossover utility vehicle, or CUV, the Q5 Sportback; a coupé with dynamic lines, sporty character and a high level of everyday usability.

The Audi Q5 Sportback exudes a powerful presence, as is typical for the Q models. Large air inlets flank the octagonal Singleframe grille. The headlights, with their distinctive daytime running light signature, feature LED or optional Matrix LED technology.

The continuous, elegantly sweeping shoulder line emphasises the wheels and with them the quattro all-wheel drive. The side sill trim on the doors imbues the CUV with stability and robustness.

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Distinctive details help the Audi SQ5 Sportback TDI leave an even more powerful impression. The range topping model sports a 3.0-litre engine and offers concentrated power of 251kW and 700Nm.

Vertical brackets give structure to the large side air inlets on the front bumper. Filigree bars connect large octagonal honeycombs with each other in the octagonal Singleframe grille. Audi LED headlights are installed as standard.

Matrix LED headlight with automatic high beam and dynamic turn signals are available as an option. The rear bumper integrates a bracket in matte aluminium, under which the diffuser insert and four chrome-plated oval tailpipe trims can be found.

The new digital OLED technology can be chosen for the rear lights. The interior of the Audi SQ5 Sportback TDI is designed in black or dark grey colours, the illuminated aluminium door sill trims are decorated with S logos.

There is a choice of three upholstery options for the electrically adjustable sport seats with the embossed S logos. Contrasting stitching adorns the seats and the steering wheel; a massage function and seat ventilation are available on request.

Brushed aluminium is standard for the inlays, the alternatives are two carbon designs and a piano finish. The Design Selection line includes the ambient lighting package plus. Its lighting effects subtly bring out the typical Audi manufacturing finish.

The luggage compartment has a volume of 510-litres, which increases to 1480-litres when loaded to the roof and with the rear seats folded down. Audi also offers the newest member of the family with the optional rear seat bench plus

The storage and luggage compartment package is also available as an option. A power tailgate is standard, and in combination with the optional convenience key, it can be opened with a simple foot gesture.

Thanks to its tight setup, the standard sport suspension offers direct contact with the road. Audi also offers an alternative suspension with controlled dampers or the versatile and comfortable adaptive air suspension.

It adjusts the ride height over a wide range of 60mm. The ground clearance can be increased by as much as 45mm when driving on unpaved roads, while the body is lowered by 15mm when driving fast.

This reduces drag while increasing efficiency at the same time. The vehicle’s stability also benefits from its low centre of gravity. For convenient loading, the rear body can be lowered 55mm when the vehicle is stationary.

The wheel diameters range from 18 to 21-inches, while there is a choice of no fewer than 21 wheel designs. An actuator in the exhaust system lends the sound tone and richness. 0 to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds, top speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited).

For the controls, displays and infotainment, The Q5 Sportback range features the third-generation modular infotainment system or MIB 3. When fully equipped, the digital Audi virtual cockpit plus with 12.3-inch display and a head-up display are also on board.

The multifunction steering wheel plus enables the safe and simple operation of the most important functions and displays. The MMI navigation plus infotainment system is paired with a 10.1-inch touch display.

Its natural language voice control uses the knowledge of the cloud and can be activated by saying ‘Hey Audi’. Many vehicle settings can also be stored in individual user profiles and saved on the myAudi customer portal in the cloud.

Some online services from the broad portfolio of Audi connect use the swarm intelligence of the Audi fleet for functions that include alerting drivers to hazards. The myAudi app tightly connects the car with the customer’s smartphone.

Optional hardware modules such as the Audi phone box or the Bang & Olufsen 3D Premium Sound System supplement the infotainment system. The Audi Q5 Sportback is also equipped with numerous driver assist systems.

The adaptive cruise assist can take over accelerating, decelerating and keeping in lane for the driver in many situations. The driver only has to touch the capacitive steering wheel to maintain lateral guidance.

A second high-tech system is the predictive efficiency assist, which supports a predictive driving style. The turn assist, the swerve assist, the cross-traffic assist and exit warning systems also enhance safety.

The standard Audi pre-sense city system helps to avoid or mitigate the consequences of collisions with road users in front of the car. Further information on the local model range, pricing and specification details will be announced closer to launch.

2021 Audi SQ5 Sportback TDI
2021 Audi SQ5 Sportback TDI
Mick Glenn
Mick Glenn
Mick is a car fanatic, with petrol pumping through his veins. With a deep love for cars, and what makes them tick, Mick likes things that go fast, very fast. But he also appreciates a Sunday cruise in the Rolls...... who are we kidding, he'd drive the wheels off that too.


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