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Consumer Reports auto experts report from the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Audi SQ5

What is it? This special edition of the midsized Audi Q5 is designed to juice sales in the model’s final years by appealing to those who always wanted a hot-rod Audi SUV. Where the majority of Q5s sell with a 211-hp, 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder—and a few with the 272-hp, 3.0-liter supercharged V6—the SQ5 will come with an even hotter version of the supercharged 3.0-liter, cranking out 354 hp and 346 lb-ft of torque and driving through an eight-speed automatic. That should be plenty to get parents to day-care pickup after a long day at work.

The SQ5 will feature an upgraded interior with an Alcantara suede headliner, Nappa leather seats, and “aluminum-look” pedals and shift paddles, along with carbon fiber, piano black, aluminum, or Beaufort black
wood trim.

From the outside, sharp-eyed passersby and owners of more plebian Q5s will recognize your exclusivit  by the extra bling on the horizontal-bar chrome grille, quad exhaust tips, triple-spoke wheels, a ride height that is
lowered by one inch, and its two unique paint colors, Panther Black and Estoril Blue.

What is new or notable? While in Europe the SQ5 will be offered with a behemoth 309-hp, twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel producing 479 pound-feet of torque, Audi apparently decided the U.S. market isn’t quite yet ready for a diesel hot rod.

When will it be available? Fall 2013

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