Audi, the German automaker has finally unveiled the much-awaited new generation 2017 Audi Q5 SUV at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. This five-seater luxury crossover competes against the new BMW X3, Mercedes Benz GLC and the Jaguar F-Pace. First launched in 2008, the new Q5 SUV gets more upmarket and refined than the previous generation.
Paris Debut - The SUV made its global debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. With the new 2017 model year, the Q5 SUV has entered into its second generation. The vehicle gets familiar design approach and shares design cues from the larger Q7. It features angular chrome grille and LED headlamps.
Launch - The 2017 Audi Q5 will go on sale in the European markets in early 2017 while the India launch is expected in the second half of 2017. The SUV will be launched in the North American markets towards the end of next year.
Price - The current generation Q5 is priced in the range of Rs 48.44 lakh to Rs 55.44 lakh. We expect that the next model will be expensive than the previous car. It is likely to be priced around Rs 52 lakh for base model and Rs 60 lakh for the top-end model. The biggest change in the 2017 Audi Q5 will be mechanical. The second generation SUV will be based on the second generation Modular Longitudinal Matrix platform. Also known as 'MLB Evo', this versatile platform also underpins the new Audi A4 and the Bentley Bentayga.
Design - The Q5 SUV undergo an evolutionary design, and gets sharper and more angular. The 2017 Audi Q5 has been designed along the lines of the larger Q7 model, but it retain the familiar character lines. It features narrow headlamps & hexagonal grille, new LED taillamps and new alloy wheels. The top-end model has Matrix LED headlamps, with Audi's dynamic turn signals. On sides, the SUV gets prominent crease that runs along the length of the car, ORVMs with integrated blinkers, blackened glass area with chrome door sills, etc.
Interior - The cabin of the SUV shares most of its components with the A4 and the Q7. The 2017 Audi Q5 gets Audi's virtual cockpit fully digital instrument cluster with a 12.3-inch high-resolution display, 8.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with MMI navigation, Qi wireless charging, Android Auto, all-new dashboard and Bang & Olufsen Sound System.
Engine Specs - Mechanically, the new Q5 SUV is expected to remain unchanged. The vehicle is likely to feature the same 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine that also powers the A4 sedan. This engine is capable of producing 174bhp and 380Nm of torque. Seeing the growing demand for petrol cars, Audi could also introduce the SUV with a 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine. Transmission choices are likely to include a 6-speed manual, a 7-speed S tronic and 8-speed tiptronic.
Hybrid In Works - Audi is also working on a hybrid version of the Audi Q5, which is likely to be launched in 2018 internationally. The hybrid powertrain will comprise of 2.0-litre turbocharged engine producing 252bhp and a 109bhp electric motor.