The Audi Q5 is an SUV based on the A5 sedan that is set to compete with BMW's X5. The Q5 is available with three distinct power trains including one gasoline engine and two turbo diesel units, all taking advantage of direct injection and forced induction while returning impressive fuel consumption numbers. The entry level model is the 2.0 TFSI version that makes 211 HP and 258 lb-ft of torque consuming 27 MPG. There is also a 2.0 TDI mill with common rail injection that makes 170 HP and 258 lb-ft of torque while returning an average of 35 MPG. Meanwhile the top of the line Q5 is powered by a 3.0 Liter TDI V6 that makes 240 HP and 369 lb-ft of torque, accelerates from 0 to 60 MPH in 6.5 seconds can reach a top speed of 140 MPH all while getting an average of 30.55 MPG.
Audi USA announced that the 2009 Q5 crossover will go o sale next spring at a price of $37,200. Pricing for the Audi Q5 Premium Plus starts at $41,500, and the Audi Q5 Prestige starts at $48,200. It will compete with models like Lexus RX, the BMW X3 or the Mercedes-Benz GLK.
The Audi Q5 is derived from the same Audi-exclusive platform first developed for the A4 model range. The versatility of that vehicle platform gives the Q5 the driving comfort and performance characteristics of a luxury performance automobile and the longest wheelbase in its class. The efficient engineering and design of the Q5 also translated into shorter front and rear overhangs for better weight distribution to help stability. Audi also widened the vehicle platform to increase shoulder room inside the Q5 and to optimize the driver’s seating position for a more commanding view of the road.
The Audi Q5 will also lead the segment of AWD, gasoline-powertrain crossover vehicles in fuel economy. According to the U.S. EPA, the Audi Q5 achieves 18 mpg city mileage and 20 mpg combined - both tops in the category - along with 23 mpg highway mileage.
Audi announced the US specifications on the Q5 crossover that will go on sale on the American market in March. In here it will be offered with a 2 V6 FSI direct injection engine, quattro® all wheel drive, and a six speed Tiptronic transmission. Also the Q5 will be the first Audi offering with Generation 3 MMI, and navigation with real-time traffic information.
The 3.2L V6 engine will delivers 270hp @ 6500 rpm and a peak torque of 243 lb-ft @3000 rpm. The 0 to 60 mph sprint will be made in 6.7 seconds. In Europe the Q5 is being offered with a 2.0 TFSI, 2.0 TDI and a 3.0 TDI.
The Q5 will compete with Acura RDX, BMW X3, Infiniti EX35, Land Rover LR2 HSE, current generation Lexus RX350, Mercedes Benz GLK350, and the upcoming Volvo XC60.
UPDATE 02/06/09>: Audi USA announced that the 2009 Q5 crossover will go o sale next spring at a price of $37,200. Pricing for the Audi Q5 Premium Plus starts at $41,500, and the Audi Q5 Prestige starts at $48,200.
The Audi Q5 is not yet available in the U.S., and we can already show you the second tuner package for the car. After Digi-Tec , the Audi Q5 received another tuning program from another major German tuner, ABT . The new body kit consists in a new front grille in the ABT style, a completely re-designed front bumper with integrated fog lights, new stylish side sills, a new rear bumper with integrated exhaust system and rear air diffuser and a rear roof spoiler.
Under the hood, the 2.0 TDI engine received a power boost of 20 hp, developing now 190 hp, while the 3.0 TDI engine develops now 310 hp. The 2.0 TFSI engine was also boosted from 211 hp to 240 hp. More details when the official information will be released.
Recently launched, the new Audi Q5 , also known as the Bmw X3 rival, received its first customization programme in order to make it more attractive for the customers.
The first company who offers accessories for the Q5 is Digi Tec announced, who already announced its new 20 inch wheels for 770 euros per piece, as well as a new setting included in the wheels price, which lowers the vehicle with up to 35 mm. Digi Tec also offers for 1000 euros a new re-programming of the ECU improving the 2.0 liter TFSI engine from 211 to 245 hp and the torque from 350 to 400 Nm.
According to the German magazine Automobilwoche, Audi might built A4 sedan and the midsized Q5 SUV here in USA. Audi planners say a volume of 50,000 to 80,000 vehicles is necessary to justify U.S. production. "The example of BMW shows that a local factory helps a company capture the market," said Juergen Pieper, an analyst with Bankhaus Metzler.
Production would take place at Volkswagen’s planned new factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, that will have capacity to build up to 200,000 units a year. In studying the case for the U.S. plant, Volkswagen had originally considered building the VW Touareg, Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne SUVs there. They are all on the same platform. But Porsche has rejected U.S. production. "There is absolutely no consideration being given to the production of vehicles in the U.S.," a Porsche source said. "There is no supplier base with appropriate capabilities for Porsche."
Audi of America announced that the 2009 Q5 will be offered on the US market with only a 3.2-liter V6 FSI direct injection engine and a six-speed Tiptronic transmission.
The 3,2 liter engine delivers 270 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque. Powered by this engine the Q5 will make the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 6,8 seconds. the US market will also not receive the S tronic transmission.
Q5 will be the first Audi offering here with the Generation 3 MMI (Multi Media interface) and navigation with real-time traffic information. The U.S.-spec Audi Q5 goes on sale in the first quarter of 2009 as a 2009 model-year vehicle.
Audi today announced the European prices for the 2009 Q5 : it will go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2008 at a starting price of EUR 38,300. The Q5 will compete against models such as the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLK and Volvo XC60.
The Audi Q5 is appearing on the market with three engines – one gasoline and two TDI.
The 2.0 TFSI delivers 211 hp and a peak torque of 258.15 lb-ft. The Audi Q5 2.0 TSI reaches 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 7.2 seconds from a standing start, and has a top speed of 222 km/h (137.94 mph). Its fuel consumption averages just 8.5 liters per 100 km (27.67 US mpg).
The 2.0 TDI has an output of 170 hp and a peak torque of 258.15 lb-ft. The two-liter TDI propels the Audi Q5 from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 9.5 seconds, and on to a top speed of 204 km/h (126.76 mph).
The 3.0 TDI V6 delivers 240 hp and a peak torque of 368.78 lb-ft. It takes the Audi Q5 from a standstill to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 6.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 225 km/h (139.81 mph). On average the three-liter engine needs only 7.5 liters of fuel per 100 km (30.55 US mpg).
Harman/Becker Automotive Systems, a unit of Harman International, (NYSE:HAR) announced today that its latest generation MMI 3G infotainment system will debut in the new Audi Q5 compact crossover vehicle during the fall of 2008. The launch continues a close relationship between Harman and the German luxury automaker that began in 1989.
"The exceptional performance spectrum of this new platform is a tribute to the cooperation and team spirit between our two companies’ specialists," said Dinesh C. Paliwal, Harman Chief Executive Officer. "We are delighted to apply our leading-edge technology with Audi to create an exciting new experience for drivers."
The Harman/Audi platform sets new benchmarks for automotive navigation, communication and wide-screen entertainment. A high-performance NVIDIA® graphics processor ensures that navigation map images transition smoothly, even when the vehicle quickly changes direction. Driver orientation is enhanced by a three-dimensional landscape view that reproduces true-to-scale terrain. Photorealistic depiction of points of interest allows visual matching of key landmarks to the in-car display, and identification of commercial points of interest is enhanced with well-known brand logos. The display offers a bird’s-eye view of more-distant destinations and features automatic close-up zoom at intersections.
Audi expects as many as half of the European buyers of its new Q5 to be women. Frank Hermann, head of product marketing for the Q5 and Q7, said the carmaker believes more women will choose the mid-sized Q5 than Audi’s larger Q7 because of the Q5’s compact size.
"In Europe, we expect 25 to 50 percent of the Q5’s buyers to be women compared with 10 to 12 percent with the Q7," Hermann said at the auto show here. The Q5 has the same platform as the A4 lower-premium car. It is 456mm shorter than the 5085mm-long Q7.
The Q5 will go on sale in Europe in the autumn. Sales will begin in the US in the first quarter of 2009, with China following in the second quarter. The Q5 will compete against the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLK class and Volvo’s XC60.
In the US, half of Q7 buyers are women. Audi expects a similar figure for the Q5 there, Hermann said. Audi will launch a Q7 gasoline-electric hybrid variant next year but will not build a Q5 hybrid, Hermann said.
Audi revealed today the S-Line package for the newly launched Q5 SUV . The new version is sportier and more aggressive compared to the standard version.
Q5 S-Line features 20" alloy wheels wrapped in 255mm performance tires, black exterior window trim roof rails, a polished grille and matching mesh pattern air vents surrounding the fog lights.
On the interior the package features new sports seats with electrically adjustable lumbar support and layered with Nappa leather or Alcantara trim with an embossed S-Line logo embroidered into the seat back, a three spoke multifunction steering wheel with perforated leather.
The Q5 S-Line package is offered with either a 2 or 3 liters diesel engine that delivers a maximum power of 170 and 240 hp; either a 2.0 liters TFSI engine with an output of 211 hp.