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Audi will unveil the 354 horsepower SQ5 to the press and guests of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mich. next week.

The SQ5 that debuts at the 2013 NAIAS is a different beast from the European SQ5 TDI Audi showed off in June. This is due to the fact that the SQ5 forgoes the SQ5 TDI’s twin-turbo 3.0-liter diesel V6 engine in favor of a gasoline fed supercharged V6 that also displaces 3.0-liters. Though the gasoline-powered SQ5 makes an additional 41 horsepower over its TDI counterpart, its 347 lb-ft of torque simply can’t match the diesel’s astounding 479 lb-ft of torque.

While North Americans won’t be able to enjoy the additional kick in the backside the SQ5 TDI’s extra 132 lb-ft of torque gives, owners of the gasoline-powered SQ5 will not be wanting for performance. According to Audi, the new SQ5 will reach 100 km/h in 5.3 seconds on the way to an electronically limited 250 km/h top speed. All the while Audi anticipates that the SQ5 will use only 8.5 liters of fuel for every 100 kilometers travelled.

Speed and quickness aren’t the only strengths of the new SQ5, though, as Audi’s ace in the hole may just be the little SUVs improved agility. Sport springs and shock absorbers are standard equipment on the SQ5 and drop the car an additional 30 millimeters.

Yet a lower ride height isn’t the only visual cue that separates the SQ5 from its Q5 brethren. Distinct fascia designs, as well as a roof spoiler, help the SQ5 maintain a sporty look. Meanwhile unique instrument gauges, and aluminum-look shift paddles and pedals remind the driver and accompanying passengers that the SQ5 is a dedicated driving machine.

Though Audi has yet to release pricing for the all-new SQ5, the company notes that the car will come standard with power sports seats that are covered in leather and Alcantara, 20-inch wheels, xenon headlights, Quattro all-wheel-drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission. To learn more about the 2014 Audi SQ5 visit Royal Oak Audi today and keep an eye on Royal Oak Audi’s blog for the latest Audi news.

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