Audi’s original performance SUV once again has a diesel variant, with the arrival of the SQ5 TDI Special Edition into Australian showrooms.
The first SQ5 launched locally in 2013 with a diesel engine and found great success: at one stage, it accounted for a third of all Q5 sales — even more impressive given the Q5’s standing as Audi’s bestseller Down Under.
However, the second-gen was launched with only a petrol engine — until now.
Despite an updated SQ5 TDI coming next year, Audi has still brought 240 Special Editions to fill the gap until the newbie’s arrival.
Given it’s only available in one spec, one has to question what makes it a “Special Edition”, but we digress.
The TDI has a 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel which combines a turbocharger with an electric compressor to boost output to 255kW and 700Nm — 5kW down on the petrol version, but a hefty 200Nm more.
At $104,900, it adds $3764 to the petrol SQ5, but on top of the extra grunt it also adds matrix LED headlights, black exterior highlights, carbon trims inside and massaging front seats.
With the newer version arriving in the first half of next year, the timing is somewhat odd however Audi says its plans to introduce the SQ5 TDI earlier were scuppered “because it’s 2020”.