For those of you who’ve been looking forward to the all-new high-performance 2014 Audi SQ5, you’ll be glad to hear that Audi has recently announced pricing for the North American market. The luxury cross over is the first-ever S variant of any Audi Q model and will be priced from US $51,900 when it arrives in showrooms this summer.

2014 Audi SQ5

Audi has improved performance of the 3.0-litre supercharged V6 to produce 354 horsepower and 347 lb-ft of torque which is a gain of 82 horsepower and 32 lb-ft of torque over the standard 3.0-litre Q5. As a result, it is capable of achieving 0-60 in 5.1 seconds, on its way to a limited top speed of 155 mph. The engine will be mated to an eight-speed Tiptronic® automatic transmission and will feature the Audi quattro® all-wheel drive system which will provide superior traction and handling.

Like all S models, the SQ5 will feature upgraded standard features like aluminum roof rails and 20-inch wheels, where 21s are also available. Unique features to the S-line include S model front and rear bumpers with Platinum Gray grille and diffuser, aluminum exterior mirror housings and quad exhaust tips, giving the Audi SQ5 a sporty and distinctive look. In addition, the Audi Singleframe® grille and Audi Xenon plus headlights with automatic self-leveling and LED daytime running lights give the SQ5 the unmistakable Audi signature look.

On the inside, Alcantara leather sport seats are standard, while fine Napa and the comfort package, featuring Milano leather, are also available. A host of advanced technologies and driver assistance features are offered, like Audi advanced key (keyless start, stop and entry) comes standard. Audi side assist and adaptive cruise control are available options. And for the music lover, the standard Audi music interface with iPod® integration and standard Bluetooth® wireless technology enhance the overall driving experience. The Bang & Olufsen Sound System with 14 speakers is also available on the 2014 Audi SQ5.