Audi Ireland have just announced On The Road pricing for their new MHEV SUV, the V6 SQ5 TDI, with its mild hybrid system, starting from €89,820.
On-road power will never be an issue with its 48-volt main electrical system that includes an electric powered compressor (EPC) and a mild hybrid system. Energy is stored in a compact lithium-ion battery with an electrical capacity of 10 Ah located beneath the luggage compartment floor. An AC/DC converter connects the conventional 12-volt electrical system.
The EPC assists whenever the exhaust gas flow is unable to provide enough energy to drive the turbocharger. High torque is also available immediately with no turbo lag whenever the driver requires. The early and rapid torque development, made possible by the technology keeps revs and fuel consumption low.
Audi reckon the MHEV system (mild hybrid electric vehicle) in this new Audi SQ5 TDI can reduce real-world fuel consumption by as much as 0.7 litres per 100 kilometres. At its core is a belt alternator-starter (BAS) connected to the crankshaft. During deceleration, it can recuperate up to 12 kW of energy. This electrical energy is stored in the lithium-ion battery, from where it is dynamically distributed to the consumers in the electrical system.
Moving the SQ5’s power to the drive wheels is via an eight-speed tiptronic transmission, which in the lower gears feature sporty ratios, while the upper gears are long to reduce revs and fuel consumption, harmonised with its MHEV technology.
Quattroand sport differential
The new SQ5 TDI comes standard with quattro permanent all-wheel drive. In normal driving conditions, its self-locking centre differential distributes torque between the front and rear axle in a 40:60 ratio. When slip is detected, the majority of the power is directed to the axle with the better traction. Depending on the situation, a maximum of 70 percent can flow to the front or 85 percent to the rear.
Chassis of the new SQ5 TDI
The 2019 SQ5 comes with five-link suspension at the front and rear, with Audi also offering optional dynamic steering, which uses strain wave gearing to vary the steering ratio over a very wide range as a function of speed and steering angle. The suspension with damper control comes standard in the new SQ5 TDI. It lowers the body by 1.2 inches compared with the Q5 with standard suspension.
Driver assistance systems
Audi’s predictive efficiency assistant provides specific tips to help the driver save fuel while Audi active lane assist makes it easier to stay in your lane and handle some of the steering task in slow-moving traffic. The distance warning display alerts the driver when the distance to the vehicle ahead drops below a safe distance.
Infotainment and Audi connect
The MMI control concept in the Audi SQ5 TDI features an intelligent free text search function. The natural-language voice control function also recognises inputs from everyday speech. The third control level is the leather multifunction steering wheel, which is used to operate the driver information system or the optional Audi virtual cockpit.
Distinctive exterior with an elegant interior
The Singleframe grille features double aluminium slats and contrasting trim elements in twilight gray matt on the SQ5 TDI. The headlights and rear lights of the Audi SQ5 TDI come standard in LED technology; the dynamic turn signals at the front and rear send unmistakable signals. The exterior colour panther black is reserved exclusively for the Audi SQ5 TDI.
The dark-toned interior welcomes the driver and passengers with illuminated door sills bearing exclusive S logos. Contrasting stitching on the leather steering wheel and sport seats, with brushed aluminium inlays are standard, the options of wood applications or an exclusive carbon inlay available on the menu. The luggage compartment has a basic capacity of 550 litreswhich can be increased to 1,550 litres by folding down the rear seat backrests.
Thorsten Godulla, Managing Director, Audi Ireland said “At Audi Ireland we want to continue to offer Irish drivers more choice and we are delighted to announce the SQ5 TDI is now available to order in Ireland. This is a really exciting model to introduce to the Irish market as it boasts a powerful engine with a mild hybrid system which enhances efficiency. This new model displays the innovative and dynamic features for which Audi is renowned for”.