The luxury crossover from Audi, the Q5 has been in the market for eight years, without any major change. These spy pictures reveal an all new styling for vehicle. The new-generation Audi Q5 has been spotted on test in India. After its recent unveil, Audi will want to get the new-gen quickly to India, as the competition, especially Mercedes-Benz has been outselling others in this segment. The Mercedes-Benz GLE has been a hit and the Ingolstadt-based automaker will want to get a stronger and fresh product to become competitive. The 2017 Audi Q5 shouldn’t be very far from its launch. The spy pictures captured by one of our readers and close friend Harsh Jhaveri.
DESIGN AND STYLE ;
Audi has freshened the Q5’s look tremendously thanks to a more minimalistic design styling. Still, there are plenty of details and intricate nuances flowing over this crossovers body. Audi is offering the Q5 in 14 different exterior colors. There’s also five new trim packages, each adding distinct styling cues to the exterior. They include the Sport and Design package, the S Line Sport package, Design Selection package, and the S Line Exterior package.The Q5 comes standard with 17-inch wheels. 18-inch wheels come with the Design and Sport trim, while 19-inch wheels come with the S Line Sport and Audi Design packages. Additionally, customers can opt for other wheels ranging in size up to 21 inches.
The Q5 is now larger than its first-generation predecessor. It is now 15.3 feet long, 6.2 feet wide, 5.4 feet tall, and has a lengthened wheelbase of 9.3 feet. Despite this, Audi’s extensive use of high-strength steels and aluminum has cut nearly 200 pounds off the last-generation’s weight.Aesthetically, the Q5 now wears Audi’s updated corporate look, with sharpened lines and crisper detailing. The previous Q5’s slightly bubbly look is completely gone, replaced by a crossover that looks muscular and toned. The new design is also more aerodynamic. It has a reduced drag coefficient of 0.30, which helps its revised powertrain get the most out of its fuel.
Up front, the headlights feature an angular design that’s rather smart looking. Its LED daytime running lights give the Q5 an angry look. That’s accentuated by the hard-edged grille and lower air intakes. Overall, the front clip is far more aggressive and bold. The rounded wheel wells create bulges in the bodywork above the beltline, making the Q5 feel muscular. A sharp character line runs rearward from the headlight, ending at the LED taillights. A second character line along the rocker panels helps the Q5 suck in its gut, giving it a lighter appearance.Around back, the new taillights feature LED lighting and sequential turn signals. Reverse lights and rear fog lights reside in the bumper lights, much like on the previous Q5. A new lower fascia has faux exhaust outlets with chrome trim. The “outlets” don’t even pretend to be real exhaust tips with openings, so they should be tolerable to folks who hate this current trend.
CABIN AND COMFORT ;
Once inside the Audi Q5, you will immediately face a déjà vu moment, because like other Audi cars, the Q5 too has a very similar dashboard, which is not a bad thing at all. Audi designs one of the best interiors in the industry and although most vehicles share parts, the quality is top notch and the cabin exudes the luxury feeling. Changes from the previous model are minor but well executed to ensure that the Q5 stays true to its premium tag. The well laid out dashboard carries stupendous levels of fit and finish and we love the 4-spoke steering wheel, which is a delight to hold.
The 6.5-inch Multi Media Interface (MMI) sits right on top of the centre console and is neatly shaped with slender chrome ring. Infact, Audi has given many controls chrome treatment to give a distinctive appearance to the interiors. The centre console is finished in high-gloss black and there are quite a few storage areas inside the vehicle. Audi has also improved the infotainment system on the Q5, which now boasts of a better media centre, including voice control functionality and driver assistance systems (now features drowsiness detection).
The seats are extremely comfortable and even after several hours behind the wheel, one feels as fresh as a daisy. The rear seats offer decent legroom but the huge transmission tunnel makes the Audi Q5 strictly a 4-seater. Boot space is impressive too and the rear seats can be folded to boost it even further. The attention to detail is impressive on the Audi Q5. If you leave the ignition on and get out of the vehicle, the Q5 shuts down itself. Sunroof is standard on all variants and the top-of-the-line variant gets a large Panaromic roof.
ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION ;
Its 2.0-litre TDI power-train that has common rail fuel injection technology and can displace 1968cc. It can churn out 174.3bhp at 4200rpm and yields a pounding torque of 380Nm between 1750 to 2500rpm. While 3.0-litre power plant has six cylinders and 24-valves. It also has a turbocharger, which generates 241.4bhp of power between 4500 to 6200rpm and develops 580Nm of commanding torque at 1400 to 3250rpm. Both have been mated with a seven-speed S tronic automatic transmission gearbox that works in collaboration with quattro technology. The petrol option is equipped with a robust 2.0-litre TFSI mill that comes with a displacement capacity of 1984cc. This direct injection based petrol motor comprises of 4-cylinders, and 16-valves. It also has a turbocharger and valvelift system, which enables it to pump out a maximum power of 221.3bhp between 4500 to 6200rpm in combination with a commanding torque output of 350Nm in the range of 1500 to 4500rpm. This motor is coupled with an advanced 8-speed tiptronic automatic transmission gearbox, which transmits torque output to all four wheels by means of quattro technology.
Both the diesel motors have been incorporated with an advanced common rail based direct injection fuel supply system. Its V6 power-train has the ability to produce a mileage of 10.8 Kmpl within the city and 13.22 Kmpl on the highways. Whereas the 1968cc in-line oil-burner can produce a maximum mileage of 14.16 kmpl (on expressways), which goes down to a minimum of 10.6 Kmpl (on city roads). Its petrol ones have been equipped with a TFSI based drive-train that is integrated with a direct fuel injection technology, which enhances its mileage. It enables the vehicle to produce a minimum mileage of 8.35 Kmpl on city roads, while delivering a maximum of 11.81 Kmpl on the bigger roads.
Its TFSI mill has valvelift system and a turbocharger as well. It can generate 221.3bhp of power at 4500-6200rpm and yields 350Nm of hammering torque in the range of 1500 to 4500rpm, which is rather remarkable for Indian road conditions. The 2.0-litre turbocharged motor enables the vehicle to pump out a maximum power of 174.3bhp at 4200rpm in combination with a commanding torque of 380Nm in the range of 1750 to 2500rpm. While, the 3.0-litre mill can belt out a mammoth power of 241.4bhp at 4000-4500rpm along with a peak torque output of 580Nm between 1400 to 3200rpm.
It has an advanced recuperation system, which is a technology that recovers the energy during braking phases with the help of an intelligent alternator voltage regulation. It has a proficient dual-circuit with a diagonal-split braking system and all wheels are fitted with ventilated discs brakes. It is incorporated with an advanced anti lock braking system, electronic brake force distribution and electronic stabilization control, which improves this braking mechanism. Its front axle is fitted with a 5-link system whereas the rear axle is coupled with trapezoidal link type of suspension. It is also loaded with gas filled shock absorbers, which augments the suspension and is blessed with a maintenance free rack and pinion based electromechanical power assisted steering featuring speed dependent control, which offers excellent response and makes handling simpler.
RIDE AND HANDLING ;
The biggest surprise in the improved Q5 is the far more pliant ride. Gone is the fidgety ride of the old car and the now it feels much more supple and bump absorption is first rate. The softer spring rates and damper settings means the Q5 glides over most surfaces without much fuss and gives it the all important luxury ride it always deserved. Despite its size and weight, the Q5 is a fairly decent thing to punt around corners. The steering is typically Audi — light and effortless but devoid of feel. The Quattro set-up is biased towards road driving and under normal driving conditions power is split 40/60, front to rear, which gives the Q5 a nice handling balance in brisk driving. Except for the base Premium variant all other Q5s get adjustable dampers and if you set it to Dynamic mode, it’ll surprise you with its agility. Body movements are well controlled, and it grips willingly and steers accurate
BRAKING AND SAFETY ;
Given that the vehicle gets quattro four wheel drive system as standard across all variants, Audi has given a great deal of importance to safety per se. But that’s not all, there’s the Electronic Stabalisation Control, Electronic Differential Control, Antilock Brake System with EBD to keep the grip levels high. There’s also an Anti-Slip Regulation feature, which would reduce the spinning of the drive wheels, in case they are not transmitting power to the road.There’s also a plethora of airbags (for both front and rear side passengers) to minimize the injury in case of an accident.
The Audi Q5 comes out as a very sensible choice among the competition. Personally, it is just the design which pinches me a little bit as they all look very similar but apart from that, the Q5 is a very strong contender in this segment. The same can be seen with the number of Q5s Audi manages to sell.The main reason behind Audi’s success in India is because of their flexible decisions behind getting models in India. Tapping the right segment at the right time is the key element Audi has thrived on. Their sedans sell in good numbers as it is but their SUV offerings are as dynamic. The Q3 which is an entry level Audi SUV comes with class leading features. The Q7 on the other end is a massive machine which commands respect. The Audi Q5 strikes a perfect balance between the two.