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Old 01-08-2013, 12:59 PM   #1
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Default Audi SQ5 comes to America with 354-hp gasoline engine

This is very likely what we're getting instead of an S4 Avant.

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When we first saw the Audi SQ5 TDI unveiled back in June, we could feel that pit in our stomach. Here sat a powerful, sporty, mean-looking crossover, and we just knew that Audi wasn't going to be bringing it to the US. And we were right. While we won't be getting the diesel version of this crossover with its 479 pound-feet of torque, we will instead be getting a gas-powered, supercharged V6 – the same powertrain as the S5 – and that's a mighty fine consolation prize if you ask us. The US version of the 2014 Audi SQ5 will debut next week at the Detroit Auto Show, and it will go on sale this fall.

Ditching the diesel engine, the US-bound SQ5 loses some torque but gains plenty of horsepower with Audi quoting power ratings of 354 horsepower and 346 lb-ft from the supercharged 3.0-liter V6. Power is fed through an eight-speed automatic to all four wheels giving the small CUV impressive performance numbers. The 0-60 mile per hour time is expected to be in the low five second range to go with an electronically limited top speed of 155 miles per hour. The suspension has been upgraded as well to improve handling, but it also gives the SQ5 a sportier appearance with a ride height that has been lowered by more than an inch compared to a standard Q5.

Speaking of styling, the 2014 SQ5 gets all of the expected "S" model upgrades, especially when it comes to the new front fascia and grille, the standard 20-inch, triple-spoke wheels and the quadruple exhaust tips. Only two colors will be available on the SQ5: Panther Black and Estoril Blue. Inside, the SQ5 will get a sportier cabin with bright, "aluminum-look" pedals and shift paddles, and the materials will also get an upgrade to include Nappa leather and Alcantara as well as accent options that include carbon fiber, piano black, aluminum or wood finish.

In addition to the North America, the gas-powered SQ5 will be on sale in a handful of Asian and South American markets, while the TDI model will primarily be relegated to European markets.
Scroll down for Audi's official press release on the US-bound SQ5, and we should have more information and more pictures to share next week.
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:00 PM   #2
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I love those wheels....but aren't they a little long in the tooth style wise?
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:14 PM   #3
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s4 avant

the b8 s4 is the current car i day dream about. would make the ultimate daily driver. i wish the legacy became more like it.

those supercharged s4's are pretty dam quick. runs low 12's @ 115ish with just pulley and reflash. and they sound so dam sexy.


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Old 01-09-2013, 09:14 PM   #4
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I'd rather have the S4 Avant...

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Old 01-14-2013, 10:46 PM   #5
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damn that's hot.
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:34 AM   #6
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I'd rather have the S4 Avant...

-Mike-
+1... The Q series looks like an Avant with terminal flatulence retention. Now that I can actually afford an S4 Avant, Audi won't sell me one. Heck, I'd even consider the A4 Allroad if not for the rather anemic EA888 two liter engine.
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:19 PM   #7
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+1... The Q series looks like an Avant with terminal flatulence retention. Now that I can actually afford an S4 Avant, Audi won't sell me one. Heck, I'd even consider the A4 Allroad if not for the rather anemic EA888 two liter engine.
I'm right there with you. I've worked hard and waited years to be in a position to purchase an S4 Avant or similar vehicle and there are next to no options for me now.
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:25 PM   #8
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Agreed. Though I'll be happy with the allroad we're likely to pick up in a few months.

The 2.0l engine can be easy chipped to be robust enough for family hauling needs.
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:32 AM   #9
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Agreed. Though I'll be happy with the allroad we're likely to pick up in a few months.

The 2.0l engine can be easy chipped to be robust enough for family hauling needs.
How true. An ECU reflash will do wonders for the engine... it's just too bad that the car needs it as delivered.

OTOH, there's really not anything else out there like the allroad at this point, seeing what Subaru has done to the OutBack.

If you do pick up an allroad, you better report back here with a review
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Old 01-19-2013, 03:33 AM   #10
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Hm. I think I found my mom's next car.
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After reading about the TDI engine this comes with over in Europe, this seems woefully disappointing. That and the 8 speed auto... Not even an S-tronic? I guess it's really targeted at suburban moms...
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That 8 speed auto is no slouch. Youtube it and you will see how fast it shifts. Its very close to my 7 speed dsg.
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Old 01-20-2013, 07:01 PM   #13
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That 8 speed auto is no slouch. Youtube it and you will see how fast it shifts. Its very close to my 7 speed dsg.
Yup, that's the same ZF 8spd BMW uses, and professional reviewers get fooled into thinking it's a dual clutch unit. Very crisp, quick manual mode. I still dislike the idea of a slush box, but in practice it's anything but slushy.
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That 8 speed auto is no slouch. Youtube it and you will see how fast it shifts. Its very close to my 7 speed dsg.
Yeah I've read some reviews about it in different cars. I guess I should hold off and actually test drive it before I talk from my armchair.

That diesel engine still sounded great.
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Yup, that's the same ZF 8spd BMW uses, and professional reviewers get fooled into thinking it's a dual clutch unit. Very crisp, quick manual mode. I still dislike the idea of a slush box, but in practice it's anything but slushy.
They say the shift speeds and lock-up capability of the best modern autos are so good now, it's getting pretty hard to justify the dual-clutch setups. Toyota/Lexus (ISF, etc.) and MB being big supporters of them, even in performance applications.
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Dont get me wrong my s4 dsg is still awesome. I read a few reviews stating the new 8 is much smoother than any dsg ever will be. Also I watch a video on youtube how the 8 speed shifts and the shifting times are very very close to a dsg. My dsg is really jerky feels like a manual gearbox just automatically controlled gear shifting.


This is only the 2.0 with an 8 speed auto.
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Old 01-22-2013, 01:00 AM   #17
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Nice video, I did a search quickly and could only find a redneck from a Dodge dealer talk about some POS Chrysler product with the 8 speed. The shifting looks nice.

I would have liked to see downshifting, though. Our A6 with a 6-speed auto takes a few seconds to downshift, and it's frustrating compared to driving a stick.
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I do recall seeing some discussions recently about some slim possibility of them doing an rs4 avant in the next few years here. It was somewhere on the audi forums. I think audiworld.com. I think they had it at some US car shows this year.

I would love an S4 though. Seriously considered getting rid of the rex for one. But then I'd have another 5 yrs of payments when I almost own the subaru
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I do recall seeing some discussions recently about some slim possibility of them doing an rs4 avant in the next few years here. It was somewhere on the audi forums. I think audiworld.com. I think they had it at some US car shows this year.
Audi of America actually brought a LHD RS4 Avant over for testing:

http://jalopnik.com/5959850/stop-eve...ant-in-america

I'll believe it when they actually sell it.
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