At the ongoing 2016 Paris Motor Show, Audi AG has just revealed the second-generation Q5. The first-generation Audi Q5 was the highest-selling luxury SUV in its class with over 1.6 million units sold. The all-new Q5 is based on the new MLB-evo platform and is up to 90 kilograms lighter than its predecessor.
Up front, it gets the signature single-frame grille which sports an aluminium finish and horizontal slats running along its width. Audiâ€™s Matrix LED headlamps with daytime running lights will be offered as an option. Its tailgate wraps around the C-pillars and the tail lights will be offered with dynamic turn signals as an option. The sleek styling gives it a low drag co-efficient of 0.30. Audi is offering its virtual cockpit and air suspension as an option.
The second-generation Audi Q5 will be sold in Europe with three engine options â€” a 2.0-litre TDI, a bigger 3.0-litre TDI and a 2.0-litre TFSI engine. Audi has reworked all three engines to ensure better performance and efficiency. The diesel engine will be offered in three states of tune â€” 150PS, 163PS and 190PS. The 3.0-litre TDI engine makes 286PS of power and 620Nm of torque. The 2.0-litre TFSI petrol engine makes 252PS, and Audi claims a fuel economy of 14.8kmpl.
The 3.0-litre diesel engine gets coupled to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines will offer buyers the choice of a 6-speed manual transmission and a 7-speed automatic. Apart from the 2.0 TDI 150PS version, rest all will get the new Audi Quattro drivetrain as standard. The sensors can detect when four-wheel drive is required and accordingly engages the drivetrain. When traction is available, it disengages the rear-axle drive.
The all-new Q5 will be manufactured at Audiâ€™s new plant in Mexico. It will be available for sale in Europe in January 2017.
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