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The Audi SQ5 TDI combines mild-hybrid tech with an electric compressor

By using electricity, Audi claims to have practically eliminated turbo lag.

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Audi's latest performance crossover combines diesel tech with a mild-hybrid system and an electric compressor.

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The electric compressor works to provide boost pressure to the engine at low speeds before the traditional turbo spools up. That can dramatically reduce turbo lag.

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Total output from the powertrain is 347 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.

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A mild-hybrid system, meanwhile, uses a 48-volt battery and can allow the car to coast for up to 40 seconds at a time with its engine turned off.

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Chassis upgrades include a suspension that rides 1.2 inches lower than a standard SQ5, 20- or 21-inch wheels, adaptive dampers and enlarged brakes with 14.8-inch front discs.

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Visual differentiation on the outside comes in the form of LED lighting, aluminum-look finishes, unique wheels, large air intakes and a rear diffuser.

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The all-wheel-drive system can send as much as 85 percent of available power to the rear wheels for sporty handling.

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An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard.

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Interior upgrades include leather and Alcantara seats, as well as brushed-aluminum trim and stainless-steel pedals.

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The Audi SQ5 TDI goes on sale in Germany this summer. It won't be offered in the US.

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