Even though there’s no sign of an RS Q5 whatsoever, the silver lining is Audi USA has bolstered the performance chops of the SQ5 TFSI. Interestingly, the 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) now takes 0.4 seconds less than before, with the luxury midsize crossover completing the sprint in 4.7 seconds. The reason why we are finding this improvement a bit intriguing is that the 3.0-liter TFSI V6 is carried over from the 2020MY.
Indeed, the turbocharged gasoline engine pumps out the very same 349 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque (500 Newton-meters) of torque as before. It uses the same Quattro all-wheel-drive system and eight-speed Tiptronic transmission, which Audi says offers seamless, quick gear changes while exploiting the generous low-end torque of the V6 . While top speed is not mentioned, we’ll remind you the 2020 SQ5 TFSI maxes out at 155 mph (250 km/h) or 130 mph (209 km/h) when fitted with all-season tires.
Unfortunately, Audi has not provided any images of the SQ5 facelift, not in the North American specification or the European diesel flavor. For now, all we have are these images of the regular Q5 S Line in the 40 TDI guise. The silver lining is we know the US-spec SQ5 TFSI rides as standard on 20-inch alloy wheels with a five-arm polygon design. At an additional cost, buyers can opt for 21-inch alloys or a two-tone set in the same size provided the Black optic package is added.
The 2021 Audi SQ5 TFSI sold in the US is available with an optional sport exhaust with quad tips providing a meaner engine soundtrack. Other toys include OLED taillights that come as standard on the Prestige trim level, along with an electric steering column standard across the range. Adaptive dampers are standard, but those willing to spend more can upgrade to an air suspension for a smoother ride.
Audi USA will have the hot SQ5 TFSI and the regular model on sale in the fourth quarter of 2020.