Audi has revealed the all new Q5 to a global audience at the Paris Motorhow. In India though, we still have the older Q5 on sale. Ever since the GLC has come and BMW have updated the X3, the Q5 hasn’t been doing the numbers it used to. To take the fight back to the two brands, Audi will introduce the all new Q5 in India sometime next year. The vehicle was recently spotted testing in the country which is a sure shot sign that the car is coming our way soon. The vehicle was spied by a reader of Motorbeam and wasn’t running much camoflauge.
The new Q5 is based on the MLB platform, which is similar to the MQB, the difference being the longitudinal engine mounting in the MLB as opposed to the transverse mounting on the MQB. This same platform underpins the new A4 as well. Being MLB helps the Q5 to shed close to 90 kgs, something that shall help the performance, fuel economy and handling. The vehicle looks a lot like the Q7 now, with the LED headlamps and the large chrome grill.
The inside is where most of the change has happened. The car now gets Audi’s famous virtual cocpit which is basically a digital instrument binacle that can showcase maps, driving info and other important alerts in the view of the driver. Space has also been improved with the help of a longer wheelbase and so has quailty of materials.
Globally, the Q5 comes with 5 engine options on offer, ranging from the 2.0 liter diesel to the 3.0 liter diesel and a 2.0 liter petrol. The diesel comes in various states of tune. The 2.0 Tdi can churn out 148 Bhp, 161 Bhp or 187 Bhp and the 3.0 Tdi makes 282 Bhp. The petrol TFSi unit on the other hand makes 249 Bhp. While the 2.0 liter engines come mated to a 7-speed S-Tronic gearbox, the 3.0 comes with an 8-speed unit. There is a range topping SQ5 with 340 Bhp also on offer, but we doubt that will make it to the Indian market. We feel the 2.0 diesel will surely make it. Audi will launch the Q5 with a petrol engine as well.