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Audi Australia has taken the wraps off the 2016 Audi SQ5 Plus, which goes on sale locally this week with a starting price of $108,900.

The SQ5 Plus will run concurrently with the SQ5 and demands a $16,300 price premium over its non-Plus sibling.

Performance from the 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 diesel engine has improved by 10kW and 50Nm from 240kW to 250kW and 650Nm and 700Nm respectively.

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The 0-100km/h time, remains identical at 5.1 seconds, with fuel use identical to the regular SQ5 at 6.8L/100km — keeping it under the luxury car tax fuel efficient vehicle threshold.

The price increase also comes with around $13,000 worth of extra options as standard.

Standard features include:

  • Special 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Red brake calipers
  • Interior design package in fine Nappa leather, with diamond pattern, contrasting stitching in dark silver and leather instrument binnacle
  • Carbon inlays
  • Adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go, including Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
  • Unique rear tailpipe design
  • Extended high-gloss black exterior package

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While it will take a trainspotter to notice the differences, one of the most obvious will be a join line between each of the four exhaust outlets. The tail lights also feature a slightly darker transparency to set it apart from the SQ5.

Interior changes also include a diamond pattern stitch on the Nappa leather seats with carbon inlays.

We hit the roads around Phillip Island to put the SQ5 Plus and S8 Plus through their paces. You can also read our track reviews of the new RS6 and RS7 Performance.

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Click on the Photos tab to see a full image gallery of the 2016 Audi SQ5 Plus.

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