Despite its potency, Audi claims the SQ5 delivers an impressive fuel economy figure of just 6.8 litres per 100km, which means it qualifies for reduced Luxury Car Tax (LCT).
"It is testament to Audi's desire to offer exceptional performance and exceptional value that we've been able to make the extraordinary SQ5 available to Australian customers at such a keen price point," says Audi Australia's Managing Director, Andrew Doyle.
"This kind of potent performance has never been available in a vehicle like this before and is clear proof that Audi's modern engine technology is class-leading. The Q5 model range has already proven immensely popular with Australian customers who want everyday versatility in a sophisticated package.
"Combine that with Audi's Le Mans-winning high-performance TDI technology and you have a sophisticated SUV that is versatile, vigorous and very efficient.
"I'm very confident that Australian luxury car buyers will love this vehicle," Mr Doyle said.
High-performance TDI power
The 3.0 TDI Biturbo engine is charged by two turbochargers, producing no less than 230 kW in power and delivering a whopping 650 Nm of torque between 1,450 and 2,800 rpm.
Combined fuel consumption is only 6.8 litres per 100 km - a value that is enabled by contributions from the thermal management, energy recovery and start-stop systems as well as the regulated oil pump. An eight-speed tiptronic shifts quickly and smoothly, driving power through the quattro permanent four-wheel drive system.
The stiffer S sport suspension lowers the body by 30 mm, and size 255/45 tyres are mounted to 20-inch wheels. The black brake calipers on the front wheels are decorated with SQ5 badges. The Audi drive select dynamic handling system is standard.
Among the special design details are the platinum grey single-frame radiator grille with its galvanized dual struts in aluminium look, the roof spoiler and modified bumpers which are especially eye-catching.
The exterior mirror housings are designed in an aluminium look, xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights are included as a standard feature, and the exhaust system dominates at the rear with four elliptical tailpipes. Audi also offers the optional crystal effect exterior colours - Estoril Blue and Panther Black - for this new top model.
The sleek and sporty interior is designed in black, with an optional silver headlining. The electrically-adjustable sport seats are upholstered in fine Nappa leather, and are available in three colours. Interior inlays consist of brushed aluminium, or carbon atlas, piano finish black and aluminium beaufort as options.
The scales of the instruments are grey and their needles are white, while the pedals and shift paddles glisten in an aluminium look. Features such as the S gear shift knob, S badges on the door sill trims, on the start button and on the specially-shaped steering wheel, the S welcome screen and the light package accentuate the interior with special highlights.
The SQ5 TDI features a very high level of standard specification, in keeping with its position at the top of the Q5 range. Highlights include:
-MMI Navigation plus
-Rear reversing camera
-Flat-bottom sports steering wheel
-Tyre pressure monitor
-Electric driver and passenger seats with memory function (including mirrors)
Launch Edition package
The first 60 vehicles to arrive in Australia will be very highly specified and are available in a choice of four colours: Glacier White, Ice Silver Metallic, Monsoon Grey and Panther Black.
The Launch Edition models carry the following highly desirable features:
-21-inch alloy wheels
-Bang & Olufsen audio system
-High Beam assist
-Seat heating for front and outside rear passengers
-Carbon atlas inlays
-Luggage rail system
The Launch Edition package is priced at $14,720, excluding premium paint.
Pricing (Manufacturer List Pricing - excludes dealer delivery and statutory charges)
SQ5 TDI quattro tiptronic $89,400
See your Audi dealer for further details.