The firsts Audi SQ5 SUVs started to roll out of the new Mexican plant earlier this month making their way to perform test drives for media outlets, among them New York Daily News, which called it “impressive”, or Motor Authority, which described the unit as “Power for the people who need crossovers”.
The sport member of the Q5 family is powered by a 354 horsepower, 369 pound-feet of torque, turbocharged 3.0-litre petrol V6. It features an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive. While air suspension was not available for the first-generation vehicle, it is standard for the new model.
According to Just Auto, Magna International is the supplier of all-wheel drive systems for the Q5. For that end, the company has set up a 172,000 square feet facility in Mexico, the third building at Magna Powertrain's operation in Ramos Arizpe.
The Audi SQ5 is base priced at US$ 55,095.