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2018 Audi SQ5 amplifies the Q5's goodness with 354 horsepower

A new turbo engine, optional air suspension and long list of available tech make this a deeply appealing performance luxury crossover SUV.

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The higher-performance SQ5 sets itself apart from the base Q5 on the outside with aluminum accents and larger wheels.

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The SQ5 comes standard with 20-inch wheels, but larger 21-inch wheels are available as an option.

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A 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine replaces the supercharged unit in the outgoing SQ5.

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The new turbo engine produces 354 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.

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Audi says the SQ5 can hit 60 mph in 5.1 seconds.

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Connected to the turbo engine is an eight-speed automatic transmission.

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According to the EPA, the SQ5 returns 19 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.

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For the first time, the SQ5 is available with an adaptive air suspension system.

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The Audi Virtual Cockpit is available as an option in the 2018 SQ5.

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The SQ5 is available in Audi dealers now with a base price of $54,300.

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