Audi introduced this week a comprehensive facelift for its Q5 midsize SUV, which also paints an accurate picture of what to expect from the swoopy Sportback derivative. The Four Rings have already confirmed the Q5 Sportback will be revealed later in 2020, and Auto Express claims to have a juicy tidbit about the BMW X4 competitor.
Unlike the regular SQ5 sold in Europe with a diesel engine, the equivalent Sportback is apparently going to use a gasoline-fueled V6. That comes somewhat as a surprise seeing as how the SQ5 and SQ5 Sportback are practically the same car, only with different body shapes. Selling them with different engines is quite interesting, but that’s what the report from Auto Express states.
The British publication goes on to mention the gasoline 3.0-liter V6 installed in the SQ5 sold in North America will become cleaner and more efficient thanks to a mild-hybrid system. That could also result in a bit more power over the current 349 hp and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) available in the US-spec SQ5.
As you may recall, the Euro-spec SQ5 became the very first model from Audi Sport to get a diesel engine. That happened back in mid-2012, and while a TFSI variant was offered for a while, stricter emissions regulations forced the company to go diesel-only on the Old Continent.
Sales of the SQ5 were actually suspended for a while in Europe while Audi worked on making the hot crossover comply with the more stringent Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) regulations. The SQ5 TDI was the first in a string of other diesel-fuel S models launched by Audi in recent years, including the S4, S5, S6, and S7 lineups, as well as the SQ7 and SQ8 SUVs.
This week, the company hinted it might come out with the long-awaited RS Q5, but it could take a while. Our money is on a release sometime in 2021 when the Sportback might also get the RS treatment.