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2021 Audi SQ5 TDI pricing and specs detailed: Facelifted BMW X3 M40i and Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 rival nears with massive diesel torque

The SQ5 TDI is back as the Q5’s full-time flagship.

Audi Australia has released pricing and specification details for the facelifted version of the second-generation SQ5 TDI (diesel), with the performance-focused mid-size SUV to become a permanent fixture in the new Q5 range from April.

Succeeding the pre-facelift SQ5 TFSI (petrol), the facelifted SQ5 TDI is priced from $104,900 plus on-road costs – the same money the pre-facelift SQ5 TDI Special Edition asked for during its 240-unit run that started last December.

The facelifted SQ5 TDI is powered by an updated 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 diesel engine that punches out 251kW/700Nm, with it complemented by a 48V mild-hybrid system that enables coasting and extended idle-stop functionality.

Mated to an eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission and Audi’s permanent quattro all-wheel-drive system, the latest SQ5 TDI sprints from a standstill to 100km/h in 5.1 seconds while on the way to its electronically limited top speed of 250km/h.

For reference, fuel consumption on the combined-cycle test is 7.0L/100km, while carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are 185g/km.

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Standard equipment includes a sports exhaust system with quad tailpipes, lowered suspension with adaptive dampers, an S sports body kit, Matrix LED headlights, 21-inch alloy wheels, high-gloss red brake callipers, rear privacy glass, a power-operated tailgate and aluminium exterior trim.

Inside, a panoramic sunroof, keyless entry and start, a 10.1-inch touchscreen multimedia system, satellite navigation with live traffic, wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto support, dual Bluetooth connectivity, digital radio, a 755W Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system with 19 speakers, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a head-up display, wireless smartphone charging, a power-adjustable steering wheel, heated front sports seats, three-zone climate control, Nappa leather upholstery with diamond stitching, and ambient lighting feature.

Advanced driver-assist systems extend to autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-keep and steering assist (including emergency), adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality, high-beam assist, rear cross-traffic alert, park assist, surround-view cameras, front and rear parking sensors, and hill-descent control.

Options for the BMW X3 M40i and Mercedes-AMG GLC43 rival include a rear limited-slip differential, air springs, OLED tail-lights and black exterior trim.