Billed as the premier entry in the automaker's compact crossover line, the SQ5 TDI Audi Exclusive Concept makes it debut at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. This high-performance/low-volume exercise from Quattro GmbH is the first diesel-powered S-spec model in Audi's history. To be built in a limited run of just 50 units, it also previews several new interior "design solutions" as well as a new exterior color created especially for this application.
Adding an extra measure of visual dazzle to the SQ5 TDI Audi Exclusive Concept is an Aral Blue crystal-effect finish complemented by aluminum-look mirror caps, Xenon-plus headlamps, LED running lights and dual-paired exhaust outlets. The cabin trimout is a study in positive and negative tone set off by natural grain ash wood with an open-pore veneer. Black Fine Nappa leather upholstery with white contrast stitching is matched with a white Alcantara headliner/sunroof shade and white door panel trim. The power-activated sport seats also feature special woven-leather inserts, another first-use on an Audi production model.
Like the 2013 Audi SQ5 TDI that also will go on sale in Europe starting in the first quarter of next year, the Exclusive Concept model packs a S-spec 3.0-liter TDI twin-turbo TDI diesel engine that makes 313 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of peak torque between 1,450-2,800 rpm - up from the baseline Q5's single-turbo TDI that makes 245 horses and 428 lb-ft of twist. The engine lets the SQ5 TDI Audi Exclusive Concept run 0-62 mph in 5.1 seconds and hit an electronically governed top speed of 155 mph while earning a 39.2 mpg combined rating on the Euro cycle. Like its less-exalted SQ5 TDI sibling, the Exclusive Concept also comes with all of the mechanical performance enhancements, including a lowered sport suspension, 20-inch wheel/tire package and the Audi drive select dynamic handling system.
Price of entry to the 2013 SQ5 TDI Audi Exclusive Concept realm will start at €92,000 - about $121,000 - in Germany, a figure that represents roughly a $44,000 premium over the standard SQ5 TDI model. At the moment, there are no plans to bring either vehicle to the U.S.