Audi SQ5 TDI unveiled - updated

* 2012 Audi SQ5 TDI * Twin-turbo 309bhp diesel engine * On sale in October, at around 44,000...

Audi SQ5 TDI unveiled - updated

The new Audi SQ5 TDI is Audi's first diesel-powered 'S' performance model. It's a sporty, range-topping version of the Audi Q5 SUV, with a range of cosmetic and chassis upgrades.

Power comes from a twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine that develops 309bhp and 479lb ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive are standard.

Audi quotes a 0-62mph time of 5.1 seconds and a limited top speed of 155mph. Average fuel economy is 39.2mpg.

Lowered suspension is designed to give improved handling and a more purposeful look. There's a sporty makeover, too, that includes 20-inch alloy wheels (21-inch versions are an option), black brake callipers with S badging, a bespoke grille, high-gloss exterior trim, aluminium-look door mirrors, new bumpers and a roof spoiler. Special 'crystal-effect' paint options are available, in Estoril Blue or Panther Black.

The 2012 Audi SQ5 TDI is the car maker's first diesel-powered 'S' performance model

Bespoke interior features include electrically adjustable sports seats, brushed aluminium trim, grey instrument dials with white needles, S badges and a specially shaped steering wheel.

The Audi SQ5 TDI will be a key rival for the BMW3 Xdrive 35d M Sport, and the forthcoming Porsche Macan.

The 2012 Audi SQ5 TDI gets a sporty interior to match its purposeful exterior look

The SQ5 TDI will be available to order from October, and will cost from around 44,000. First deliveries are expected in spring 2013.

A special-edition version - called SQ5 TDI Audi exclusive concept - will be on display at the 2012 Paris motor show later this month. It has special paintwork and interior trim, and a limited run of 50 of these will be sold in Europe in early 2013. Audi says there are no plans for this model to be sold in the UK, however.

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By Leo Wilkinson