Just recently, Audi unveiled its new facelift for the Q5 lineup. However, in that reveal, we didn’t get to see the hotter Audi SQ5, despite learning of its added performance. The only photos included in that reveal were of the standard Q5. Now, some new spy photos have been revealed, showing off the facelifted SQ5 sans camo. (We don’t own the spy photos but they can be seen here)
In these new photos, we can see the newly facelifted Audi SQ5 and it looks, well, like the facelifted Q5. The only real differences on the exterior of the SQ5 are the silver trim bits on things like the grille surround, front air intakes and side mirrors, the latter of which are “S” car staples.
What’s really interesting is that there seem to be circular exhaust tips at the back, something the pre-facelift Audi SQ5 lacked. However, we can’t tell if they’re real or not. We’ve been fooled before, on modern cars, so we don’t want to say definitively whether they are or aren’t real. If they aren’t real, though, and those are indeed fake circular exhaust tips, that might actually be worse than the black plastic fake ones. So they’d better be real.
These photos don’t show off the inside but it’s not hard to imagine the cabin of the Audi SQ5. It’s going to have the same interior as the standard Q5 but with some carbon fiber trim, some “S” badges and a three-spoke steering wheel. Expect that to be the extent of it.
Powering the SQ5 is the same 3.0 liter turbocharged V6, with the same 354 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. However, it’s a few tenths quicker to 60 mph than before, thanks to shorter gearing in the first few gears. Hopefully that also gets rid of the turbo-lag we noticed during our test of the pre-facelift Audi SQ5.