Europeans get to enjoy Audi’s SQ5 diesel-powered monster that’s capable of 479 lb.-ft. of torque, while those of us who live in the States obviously miss out on such a beast…but we’re not totally missing out on the SQ5 experience all together now that Audi debuted a new gasoline-powered version of the hot crossover at this year’s Detroit Auto Show.

Since we won’t be getting a diesel version, Audi’s including a boosted version of their supercharged 3.0-liter V6, good for 354 hp that’s mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. It’s reported that the SQ5 will sprint from rest to 60 mph in the low 5 second range and will have an electronically limited speed of 155 mph. There will be suspension upgrades on hand to improve road-going prowess, as well as lower its stance.

Expect some exterior upgrades, too, including a more aggressive front fascia, 20-inch wheels and some pretty new colors including Estoril Blue and Panther Black. The inside will also boast Alcantara trim and aluminum brightwork add to some sportiness from the cockpit view.

 










Kristie Bertucci

 
Kristie Bertucci is an L.A.-based writer, who can't live without her MacBook Pro. When she's not writing, she's either reading or shopping (online, of course) and loves lazy days so she can catch up on her DVR-recorded shows and movies. She's definitely a Mac girl, she loves music and is currently on a mission to to have an insane and enviable iTunes library.