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Update for the Audi Q5

Audi is updating its Q5 model series. The updated SUV is 4630mm long, 1900mm wide and 1650mm tall. The horizontal lines of the high-performance SUV’s front end are emphasized more strongly. The modified bumpers integrate air inlets with high-gloss black inserts and fog lights with chrome rings. When xenon plus headlights are ordered, the tail lights are also designed with a layout of visually uniform LED light bands. The diffuser insert and the tailpipes that taper at the bottom have been redesigned – in two versions, depending on the engine. Roof rails and crossbars are standard equipment. The engine hood and trunk lid consist of aluminum, while a large share of the car’s structural elements integrate ultra-high-strength steels. There is a range of 15 colors, including four new colors. As options, Audi can deliver an S line exterior package or an offroad styling package; both give the Q5 a unique look with their design details and the colors of add-on parts.

Audi is launching its updated Q5 with five engine options: three TDI and two TFSI engines. All of these engines combine direct fuel injection with charging, and a start-stop system is standard in all versions. Although most of the engines have enhanced performance, their fuel consumption values were reduced by up to 15 percent. The most efficient Q5 series engine is the 2.0 TDI, which is available in two versions. In the version with 143 hp and 320 Nm (236.02 lb-ft) of torque, the four-cylinder engine in combination with manual transmission and front-wheel drive has an average fuel consumption of 5.3 liters of diesel per 100 km (44.38 US mpg).

The Audi Q5 with 177 hp and 380 Nm (280.27 lb-ft) of torque (with S tronic and quattro drive) has a fuel consumption value of 6.0 liters per 100 km (39.20 US mpg). The 3.0 TDI delivers 245 hp and 580 Nm (427.79 lb-ft) of torque. The V6 diesel, which is always paired with a seven-speed S tronic and quattro drive system, accelerates the Q5 from zero to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds and has a top speed of 225 km/h (139.81 mph). Its combined fuel consumption is just 6.4 liters of fuel per 100 km (36.75 US mpg).

The new 2.0 TFSI outputs 225 hp and 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft). Its fuel consumption (with a manual transmission) is 7.6 liters per 100 km (30.95 US mpg). Producing even more power is the new 3.0 TFSI – the three-liter V6 with supercharging, which replaces the 3.2-liter engine. This engine outputs 272 hp of power and 400 Nm (295.02 lb-ft) of torque. Acceleration from zero to 100 km/h takes 5.9 seconds and the top speed is 234 km/h. Combined fuel consumption is just 8.5 liters per 100 km (27.67 US mpg).

The four-cylinder engine operates with a manual six-speed transmission as standard equipment. The highly convenient eight-speed tiptronic is available as an option for the 2.0 TFSI and standard in the 3.0 TFSI. The sporty seven-speed S tronic, is standard in the 3.0 TDI and available as an option in the 2.0 TDI (177 hp). The quattro permanent all-wheel drive system is standard with all but one engine – only the 2.0 TDI with 143 hp has front-wheel drive. Normally, the center differential distributes engine power to the rear and front axle at a ratio of 60:40, but it can redistribute the power at lightning speed when necessary. The torque vectoring system finishes its job with finely tuned brake interventions.

The chassis of the Audi Q5 – with its five-link front suspension and trapezoidal-link rear suspension – adds new refinement and comfort in the characteristics of the springs, shock absorbers and stabilizers. Customers who are particularly focused on sports performance can order the S line sport suspension. The new electro­mechanical power steering system gives the driver a better feel for the road with direct gearing. The system – which adjusts its power assist to vehicle speed – does not consume any energy in straight-line driving, reducing fuel consumption by about 0.2 liters per 100 km.


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