Next Audi SQ5 getting sportier handling

Next Audi SQ5 getting sportier handling

Audi is currently developing the second-generation SQ5, and a recent report gives us a better idea of what to expect from it.

Handling isn’t one of the current SQ5’s strong points so Audi has asked its engineers to change that. The second-gen model will be more dynamic to drive than its predecessor, and British magazine Autocar has learned that it will be available with an optional sports rear differential tuned to let motorists drift the crossover on a track. It won’t get a full-on drift mode, however.

The SQ5 will come with bigger brakes on both axles, quicker steering, and a sport-tuned suspension with steel springs. The list of options could include an air suspension, variable steering, and even rear-wheel steering.

In the United States, the SQ5 will likely arrive with the turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that currently powers the S4 and the S5. The six will deliver 354 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Euro-spec model is still a bit of an enigma. Audi is allegedly toying with the idea of fitting the SQ5 with a 48-volt electrical system and an electric turbocharger borrowed from the bigger SQ7, but a final decision hasn’t been made yet. Regardless, the SQ5 sold on the other side of the pond will use a turbodiesel engine.

Audi will introduce the next-generation SQ5 next year during the Geneva Auto Show, and the crossover will go on sale shortly after as a 2018 model.

Note: 2018 Audi Q5 pictured. Photos by Ronan Glon.