Second generation Audi Q5 arrives at Paris Motor Show
It’s not easy to design a successor to what, for many years, was the best-selling SUV in its class but it looks like Audi has done just that.
Combining the sportiness of an Audi saloon with a multifaceted drive character, Audi hopes that the Q5 will once again be the standard-bearer in an increasingly competitive segment.
The new SUV from Audi has taken on a sporty and taut stance, with a sculpted single frame grille and solid frame dominating its aerodynamically flat front end.
At 4.66 meters long, 1.89 meters wide and 1.66 meters tall, the new Q5 has grown in nearly all of its dimensions compared to the previous generation.
The new Audi Q5 will be available with five powerful and efficient engines at launch: four TDI engines and one TFSI, with the 2.0 TDI engines in the new Q5 promising outstanding efficiency with outputs of 150 hp, 163 hp and 190 hp.
The drivetrain of the mid-size SUV has been redeveloped from the ground up – this also applies to the six-speed manual transmission, seven-speed S tronic and eight-speed tiptronic (only with the 3.0 TDI). The automatic transmissions integrate a fuel-saving freewheel function which the driver controls by a selection lever or by shift paddles on the steering wheel. In both cases, the control signals are transmitted electronically.
In both the front-wheel drive and quattro drive versions, torque vectoring gives handling a refined touch and the intelligent software solution always delivers a dynamic, precise and controllable driving experience. For the V6 diesel, Audi promise to deliver an optional sport differential at the rear axle which distributes torque between the wheels as necessary to provide maximum driving dynamics – this is another new feature in this model series.
The SUV promises to combine very different strengths – it is sporty while being extremely comfortable. Creating the basis for this are the newly developed five-link suspensions and also the new electromechanical power steering system.
Within Audi Drive Select, drivers can choose one of seven driving modes, with two new modes on the previous model – Lift and Allroad. These further emphasize the offroad character of the Audi Q5.
With this in mind, customers can choose from two extension stages of springs and damping. 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 also be used to vary the ride height of the car over five stages.
Commenting on the announcement, Rupert Stadler, chairman of the board of management at Audi, said: “With the new Q5 we are setting the bar a notch higher. Among the great innovations are the quattro drive system with ultra technology, highly efficient engines, the air suspension with damper control and a comprehensive line-up of infotainment and assistance systems.”
Operation of the new Audi SUV is intuitive and is marked by three great new features. The optional Audi virtual cockpit presents brilliant graphics on its high-resolution 12.3in screen and the driver can choose from two views – a classic view with large round instruments and a mode in which the navigation map or lists dominate.
Audi is also delivering a newly developed head-up display as an option which projects relevant information as symbols and numbers onto the windshield which can be perceived quickly.
One nifty feature that we’ve previously seen in the Q7 and A4 and which will make its way to the Q5 is a self-learning ‘personal route assist’ function. This learns the routes and destinations that the customer regularly selects, and it associates this information to the parked position and time of day.
For as long as it is active, the system therefore learns from the customer’s behaviour and uses this information to suggest optimized route planning for the next trip – even while navigation is inactive. The navigation system incorporates the three most likely destinations into the calculation, taking into consideration both the arrival time and current traffic levels.
The new Audi Q5 will be available at the beginning of 2017 with prices TBC.