German luxury carmaker, Audi has introduced the facelifted version of the Q5 SUV. The 2021 Audi Q5 facelift will be launched in the International markets by the end of 2020, while India launch will take place next year. The new model receives visual updates and tech-loaded interior.
The 2021 Audi Q5 will directly rival the Mercedes-Benz GLC, Land Rover Discovery Sport, BMW X3 and the Volvo XC60. In terms of styling changes, the new Audi Q5 gets updated front fascia with new octagonal single-frame grille that looks larger than the one available in the current Q5.
The SUV gets chiselled front bumper, bigger side intakes and blacked-out inserts. At the back, the new Audi Q5 facelift gets new black insert that connects the tail-lamps. The rear bumper is now sportier, featuring new vents and integrated exhaust tips.
The 2021 Audi Q5 now features a new LED daytime running light setup, which is a lot more prominent than the outgoing SUV’s. LED headlamp unit is standard across the range, while the Matrix LED headlamp is optional with higher variants. The redesigned tail-lamps now come with digital OLED (Organic LED) tech. Customers can opt for different lighting setups.
Inside the cabin, the 2021 Audi Q5 becomes more tech friendly. It features a new, larger 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which replaces the older 8.3-inch setup. The infotainment unit is called Audi’s MIB 3 (Modular Infotainment Platform), which is claimed to be 10 times faster than its predecessor. The SUV also gets connected car tech along with Amazon’s Alexa platform.
There is ‘Functions On Demand’ connected car feature that activates additional features like the Navigation Plus. The Navigation tech offers high resolution images via Google Earth or Audi’s smartphone interface via over-the-air updates through the MyAudi app. Audi is also giving an optional heads-up display.
The India-spec 2021 Audi Q5 facelift is expected to feature a 2.0-litre TFSI petrol engine that is capable of producing 245bhp and 370Nm of torque. The company will also offer a mild-hybrid system to further boost fuel economy. Power will be transmitted to the wheels via a 7-speed S-Tronic dual-clutch gearbox and Quattro all-wheel-drive system.