Audi has released two new models at the Paris Motor Show; the new-generation Q5 and RS3 Sedan. We’ll take on the new Q5 here before swinging to the RS3 sedan.
The new Audi Q5 epitomizes a multifaceted character and full-stacked interior. In looks, the new Q5 has that unmistakable Audi Singleframe grille with a solid frame. The front fascia is further accentuated by either the LED headlights or Matrix LED with dynamic turn lights headlights. From the side, the shoulder line and wheel arches define the Q5’s quattro all-wheel drive to the fullest. From the rear, horizontal lines convey an image of width and presence. The tail lights are also available with optional dynamic turn signals. Finally, the tailgate wraps the C-pillars to give it a clean look, along with a diffuser insert that joins the exhaust tailpipes.
In dimensions, the new Q5 is 4.66 meters (15.3 ft) long, 1.89 meters (6.2 ft) wide and 1.66 meters (5.4 ft) tall with a 2.82 meter (9.3 ft) wheelbase. Meantime, weight has been slashed by 90 kgs from the previous edition.
The refinements inside are plenty for the new Q5, featuring a three-dimensional trim strip that runs across the entire width of the instrument panel; a three-spoke multifunction steering; seats with massage function; optional ambient lighting; 12.3-inch touchscreen with intuitive navigation; optional Audi phone and Audi tablet; B&O sound system; and a boot capacity of 550 liters (expandable to 1500 liters) with a powered tailgate.
There are five trim levels for the new Q5 at the time of the introduction, along with five capable and efficient engines: four TDIs and one TSSI. The 2.0 TDI engines offer outputs of 110 kW (150 hp) – 140 kW (190 hp), while the 2.0 TFSI gives out 185 kW (252 hp). The top-of- the-line 3.0 TDI provides an output of up to 210 kW (286 hp) with 620 Nm (457.3 lb ft) of torque. Transmission fitted comprises of either the six-speed manual or seven-speed S tronic, as well as the eight-speed tiptronic which is only reserved for the 3.0 TDI.
Gearshifts are smooth and effective via the Steering with paddle shifters or the selection lever. In terms of drivetrain, the new Q5 takes up new quattro drivetrain with ultra technology, which is optional for the base Q5 2.0 TDI and standard equipment for the 2.0 TDI (163 hp and 190 hp) and 2.0 TFSI.
Courtesy of its new chassis, new five-link suspension and power steering, the Audi Q5 enables handling is impeccable. The ride is further refined by optional Dynamic steering. The chassis with damper control offers a very wide spread between comfort and dynamics, which the driver can select via Audi drive select. In addition to adjusting damper control, the new adaptive air suspension can be used to vary the ride height of the car body over five stages. In the Audi Q5 3.0 TDI, these two systems and the sport differential are bundled.
For driver assistance systems, the new Audi Q5 tops its segment with a broad range of high-tech options such as; piloted driving, predictive efficiency assistant, Adaptive cruise control (ACC), Audi active lane assist, Cross traffic assist rear, the exit warning system, collision avoidance assist and turn assist, Audi pre sense and Park assist.
The new AUdi Q5 is slated for showrooms in Europe at the beginning of next year, starting a base price of 45,100 euros.