2021 Audi SQ5 TDI unveiled: Australia launch date
Improved efficiency, less power, better tech.
The new Audi SQ5 TDI is expected to arrive on Australian shores in the second quarter of 2021. It brings a number of changes externally and internally, and also sees the 6-cylinder diesel engine lose power on the outgoing model.
The 2021 Audi SQ5 TDI sports several styling tweaks that have given it a visual refresh. These include revisions to the front bumpers and new-look headlights, which have been extended by 19mm. You can also option OLED tail lights, which have three signatures you can choose from.
The SQ5 has always been a good-looking car, and these revisions continue the trend, especially with the optional black pack.
Inside the 2021 SQ5 TDI you'll find Audi's MIB 3 modular infotainment system. The MMI system, which you control through a 10.1-inch touchscreen, also features a natural language voice control. Behind the steering wheel is a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster with 3 different graphic layouts for varying levels of sportiness. You can store up to 6 individual settings, perfect if the SQ5 will be a family car.
As you would expect from an Audi, the interior options are high quality, ranging from plentiful Nappa leather to massaging seats. A new Dinamica trim option mixes leather with a microfibre material that has been developed from recycled plastics that replaces the Alcantara option.
Along with the exterior styling changes, a more aggressive stance has been achieved by lowering the body by 30mm, thanks to the S sport suspension. Adaptive air suspension can be optioned, which offers up a seventh drive setting "Allroad", and you can also choose a sports differential.
The V6 TDI engine has been updated in order to improve efficiency. Chief among the changes are pistons that are now crafted from forged steel rather than aluminum, as this reduces heat loss. A stepped recess has also been implemented in the piston, with Audi saying that this makes combustion faster and more efficient.
A new intercooler has been fitted too and now lives inside the V of the engine and functions as a water/air cooler. The changes allow the engine to reach the ideal combustion temperatures quicker, as well as building up boost pressure quicker thanks to shortened air intake paths.
Changes to the compressor wheel in the turbocharger, making it smaller and lighter, allow the engine to build higher torque more spontaneously too. An electrically powered compressor (EPC) that runs off the vehicle's mild hybrid system (MHEV) accelerates the compressor wheel when exhaust flow is too little to drive the turbocharger, and helps the vehicle to have a faster engine response down low.
While power has been downrated from 255kW to 251kW, the mild hybrid system and EPC have been remapped in the 2021 Audi SQ5 TDI, making it the most responsive SQ5 TDI to date.