Originally Posted by scrmorling
The SQ5 SHOULD indeed be lower (1.3" to be precise) based on Audi's original press releases - just as it is in most other markets in the world. However, in order to retain truck status for US CAFE purposes, the US SQ5 has the same ride height as all other US Q5s (but I don't hold a grudge).
From what I was reading recently, it seems like the Q3's being held up because of the same issue (needing to qualify as a light truck and failing, in its case due to approach angle).
Seems like we could do a lot better on this whole CAFE thing, but manufacturers would balk if we did away with the "truck loophole".
I'd just like to see them improving consumption across the board, and being able to play games with classification (like the PT Cruiser was a "light truck"... really?) doesn't really do anything. And then maybe we'd be able to have the SQ5 be a little lower if people wanted.