The new Audi Q5 facelift SUV is no longer available with a diesel engine, instead opting for a BS 6 compliant petrol engine. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine produces 249 horsepower and 370 Nm of peak torque when connected to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The Audi Q5 facelift SUV, which was withdrawn from Indian markets two years ago due to tighter BS 6 emission requirements, has resurfaced in a new form. The 2021 Audi Q5 SUV was introduced in India today at a starting price of 58.93 lakh (ex-showroom).
Audi has verified that over a hundred units have already been reserved, with delivery set to begin soon.
With the addition of the new Q5, Audi now offers three SUVs in the Q family, which also includes the Q2 and Q8, as well as the RS Q8 performance variant. This is Audi’s ninth vehicle launch this fiscal year, following the introduction of five electric vehicles.
Under the hood of the Audi Q5 facelift SUV is one of the most significant improvements. The German automaker has chosen to abandon diesel engines in favour of simply using petrol engines to power the SUV. The new Q5’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine produces 249 horsepower and 370 Nm of peak torque when paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The new 10.1-inch touchscreen with the third generation Modular Infotainment Platform, or MIB 3, is another significant upgrade in the Q5. It features haptic feedback, Audi’s newest MMI Touch interface, voice commands, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
The design of the new generation Q5 SUV has also been tweaked by Audi. A huge single-frame octagonal grille with vertical chrome slats, redesigned LED headlamp, DRL, and taillight modules, and 19-inch alloy wheels are all part of the Q5 facelift. Minor changes to the rear aspect include a chrome strip underpinning the boot lid.
On the inside, the Audi Q5 gets an all-digital driver display, an updated steering wheel, leather upholstery, and a slew of features like ambient lighting, a panoramic sunroof, wireless phone charging, front parking sensors, and the Bang and Olufsen music system, in addition to the new infotainment screen.
Audi offers a 19-speaker sound system with 755 watts of output and 3D sound effects in the Technology trim, rather than the 10-speaker 180-watt system in the Premium Plus trim.
Some of the new features of the next generation Q5 include an electronic boot lid with gesture control and Comfort Key for keyless access.
In terms of driving characteristics, the 2018 Audi Q5 comes standard with cruise control and hill-hold assist, among other features. The tried-and-true Quattro all-wheel drive system is now combined with suspension damping adjustment to eliminate body roll and provide a smoother ride on bumpy terrain.
Comfort, Dynamic, Individual, Auto, and a new Off-Road option for soft off-roading are among the five drive modes available on the 2017 Audi Q5. The SUV has a top speed of 237 kmph, can accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in 6.3 seconds, and has an ARAI-certified mileage of 17.01 kmpl.