Last September Audi brought something called the SQ5 to the Paris Motor Show, but there wasn’t any reason to think it would reach North America – until now.
One of two world debuts for the brand, Audi just unveiled the 2014 SQ5 performance crossover which will be sold in the U.S.
Why, then, might the assumption have been that it wouldn’t reach this continent? That’s simple — it still hasn’t and likely won’t; at least not like it did last year in Paris.
That’s because Audi is bringing something called the SQ5 — a diesel performance vehicle in for Europe and a new home for Audi’s 3.0-liter TFSI six-cylinder on these shores. From a sales perspective, that’s probably a wise choice, but it’s hard not to feel a little jilted just the same.
The first “S” model to be powered by a diesel engine, the SQ5 TDI offers 313 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. Audi’s American iteration makes 354 hp and 346 lb-ft of torque. While that promises to be anything but a slouch, the diesel still seems like a much more intriguing proposition.
Much like Audi’s other S-badged cars, there isn’t an awful lot to differentiate the SQ5 from its more mundane Q5 cousin. A slightly more aggressive body kit and a gray “radiator” grille along with a rear roof spoiler and 20-inch wheels set it apart, but in the reserved fashion you would expect.
The cabin also gets special appointments with Napa leather and Alcantara trim both included as standard items in the package.
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