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2014 Audi SQ5 priced from $52,795

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(Read caption) Factory workers stand next to a car on the assembly line during the launch of a new factory of German premium car maker Audi in Gyor, Budapest, in June. The 2014 Audi SQ5 is the fastest and most powerful model in its segment.

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The 2014 Audi SQ5, Audi’s first crossover to wear its sporty S label, has been priced from $52,795, including an $895 destination charge.

The vehicle will be available for sale later this summer where it will go up against the likes of the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLK Class.

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However, the Audi stands apart thanks to its 354 horsepower and 347 pound-feet of torque output. That potent output is derived from a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 and is channeled to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

According to Audi, the SQ5 needs just 5.1 seconds to accelerate from 0-60 mph and can easily reach its governed top speed of 155 mph.

Those numbers make the SQ5 the fastest and most powerful model in its segment.

The vehicle also gets a host of goodies as standard, including 20-inch wheels (21-inch wheels are offered), leather and Alcantara trim, and aluminum accents inside and out.

In addition to the high-performance SQ5, the 2014 Audi Q5 lineup also sees the addition of the Q5 TDI model. For pricing on this model, plus more of Audi’s 2014 range, click here.