Audi Q5

Audi Q5

  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 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).

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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.

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Audi today revealed the first official images of the S-Line package for the newly-launched Q5 SUV that was launched last week-end at the Beijing Auto Show.

Audi Q5 S-Line first official images

The S-Line package features 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 255/45 R20 performance tires, black exterior window trim roof rails, polished grille and honeycomb-styled air-vents surrounding the fog lights.

On the interior the Q5 S-Line features a three spoke multifunction steering wheel with perforated leather, brushed aluminum inlays, front sport seats with S line logo embroidered into the seat back, aluminum door sills with S line badge and perforated leather shift knob.

Source: Carscoop

Audi Q5 will be unveiled tomorrow at the Beijing Auto Show, but here are the first official images just a few hours before its official debut. After the Q5’s launch on the Chinese market Audi will also bring the Q7 SUV. The production of the Q5 on the Chinese market will begin in August 2009.

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Audi Q5 first official images
Audi Q5 first official images

The 2009 Q5 will make its world debut tomorrow at the Beijing Auto Show. The company also announced it will build a plant in Changchun, northern China, to assemble its new compact SUV.

Production of the vehicle is due to start in August 2009, the newspaper said in an extract from an article in Friday’s edition. The Q5 is due to be launched in Europe this summer and in the US at the start of 2009.

Two of the greatest future rivals, the Mercedes GLK and the Audi Q5 will make their world debut this week-end at the Beijing Auto Show.

Audi will unveil its Q5 SUV in Beijing because it sees China as a key growth market. Last year, China became Audi’s second-biggest market after Germany as sales grew 24.8 percent to 101,996 units.

Like Audi, Mercedes wants to take advantage of the growing popularity of SUVs in China. After showing concepts for its new GLK class at the Geneva and Detroit auto shows this year, Mercedes will unveil the production version in Beijing.

Audi parent Volkswagen group will debut two models developed for the local market by its joint ventures in China. One will be a family-sized sedan code-named the Model X, based on the Jetta/Bora. The other will be a more upscale sedan called the Lavida that eventually will replace the Santana. Both cars are based on the fourth-generation Golf platform and will go into production in the summer.

The Q5 will make its official debut on 19 April at the Beijing Auto Show, Until then OmniAuto released a few official images with the upcoming SUV. Or are they just another photoshop?

The Q5 will be spacious enough for five people and Audi has expressed no intentions on a seven-seater version. The Q5 will probably be the first model to be equipped with the in-house seven speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG Audi S-Tronic). Four cylinder engines, V6s, and TDI engines borrowed from the A4 will power this mini-SUV.

The Q5 is based on the company’s Modular Longitudinal Platform (MLP) found on the A4 and A5. MLP allows Audi to place the longitudinally-mounted engine and transmission further back behind the front axle and helps elongate the wheelbase without modifying the car’s exterior dimensions.

Source: Omniauto

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