Audi Q5 to receive facelift and mild-hybrid option

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Author: | Updated: 29 Jun 2020 15:02

Audi has revealed details about the mid-life refresh for its Q5 SUV, with a sharp new look and upgraded cabin the main talking points as well as the introduction of plug-in hybrid variants after launch.

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Perhaps the most noticeable change to the Audi Q5 is the reshaped front grille. This sits shallower and appears wider than that of the current model and is flanked by taller air intakes.

Although the width and height of the midsize SUV remain as before at 1.89 metres and 1.66 metres respectively, it is now 19 millimetres longer due to its new, larger bumpers. Other touches include redesigned LED lights featuring a new daytime-running light signature. Also making its debut as an option is next-generation OLED which create different light designs and signatures at the rear.

In profile the latest Q5 has a more streamlined look thanks largely to its redesigned sill insert, while a new diffuser insert and contrasting strip across further helping set the updated Q5 apart from the outgoing model.

Inside the updated Q5 is a free-standing central 10.1in MMI touchscreen which gives acoustic feedback to acknowledge commands entered manually. The rotary controller which previously appeared in the centre console is now absent, replaced by a storage compartment. The infotainment can now also process a vast array of everyday instructions verbally.

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Front sport seats upholstered in Twin Leather feature in the lead-in Sport model, Alcantara and leather in the S line variant or diamond stitched Fine Nappa leather in the Edition 1 and top flight Vorsprung.

Only one engine will be available in the Audi Q5 from launch: a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel which features the same 12V mild-hybrid functionality now found across the Audi range.

This enables the Q5 to coast with the engine off at speeds of up to 99mph, and initiates its start-stop function from speeds of 13mph to give an additional boost to fuel economy. This helps the midsize SUV to 62mph from rest in 7.6 seconds and onwards to a top speed of 137mph where conditions allow.

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A broad spread of TDI and TFSI engines will ultimately be available for the updated Q5, and the successful Q5 TFSI e plug-in hybrid will also be reinstated with a choice of two outputs.

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