The next-generation performance-focused Audi SQ5 SUV is likely to debut sometime next year, and its engineering team is promising a livelier drive - according to a new report out of the UK.
Speaking to Autocar, an unnamed senior engineer involved in the new SQ5’s development said the sporty SUV will be capable of oversteer.
It’s believed prototype testing for the SQ5 is set to move to the icy tracks of Sweden in the coming weeks, which will allow engineers to get the car’s tail out.
Above and Below: 2016 Audi SQ5 Plus
The report speculates the oversteer potential will come from the option of a sports-oriented differential for the rear axle of Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system - the tuning of which is believed to allow for the tail-happy handling of the sporty SUV.
Like the current car, the next SQ5 is likely to be offered with a V6 diesel engine in markets like Europe and Australia, while regions like the US will get a petrol powerplant - potentially the 260kW/500Nm 3.0-litre turbo V6 from the new S4 sedan and Avant.
In June, another report by Autocar claimed the new SQ5 will feature a turbocharger and electric compressor to reduce lag - like the larger SQ7 - as opposed to the twin-turbocharged setup in the current model.
Oliver Hoffman, head of powertrain development at Audi, told the British publication the SQ5’s turbo-diesel engine will produce around 270kW - though it has the potential to deliver around 290kW.
By comparison, today’s Audi SQ5 Plus develops 250kW of power and 700Nm of torque from its 3.0-litre twin-turbo diesel.
Like the rest of the recently-revealed 2017 Audi Q5 range, the SQ5 should lose around 100kg thanks to the use of lightweight materials, such as high-strength steel and aluminium.