The all-new, second generation Audi Q5 has been official unwrapped at the Paris Motor Show today. One of the most important models in the brand’s SUV portfolio, the new Q5 will arrive go on sale in 2017, with Australian sales to begin in the second half of next year.
Taking a sportier and tauter approach to design, the new Q5 boasts the brand’s now familiar flared singleframe grille flanked by edgier headlights at the front. Distinctively curved and sharper shoulder line at the side convey a more muscular stance, while the rear is similarly more angular.
Audi is offering the new Q5 in 14 different exterior colours. Five newly configured equipment lines are available – sport and design, the S line sport package, design selection and the S line exterior package.
At 4.66 metres long, 1.89 metres wide and 1.66 metres tall with a 2.82 metre wheelbase, the new Q5 has grown in nearly all of its dimensions compared to the previous model. Despite the grown in size, the new SUV is up to 90kg lighter than its predecessor thanks to extensive use of aluminium and high tensile strength steel in its body.
Inside, the new Q5 is said to offer more space, with cargo capacity grown by 10 litres to 610 litres. With the rear bench folded down, this volume expands to 1,550 litres.
Audi’s brilliant Virtual Cockpit makes its debut in the Q5, dispensing driving information through a high-resolution 12.3-inch screen in place of a conventional instrumentation cluster. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration have also been incorporated in the new Q5.
In Europe, the new Q5 is offered with five powertrains: four TDI engines and one TFSI with power output ranging from 110 kW to 210kW. All variants drive through a seven-speed S tronic automatic transmission, while the diesel 3.0 TDI makes do with an eight-speed tiptronic auto.
The new Audi SUV comes from the factory with 17-inch alloy wheels. The design and sport equipment lines come with 18-inch wheels, and the S line sport package and Audi design selection come with 19-inch wheels. Wheels up to 21 inches in diameter are available as options.
The Q5 will arrive in Australia in the second half of 2017. The local model line-up, pricing and specification details will be announced closer to launch.