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 launched the official Q5 microsite that announce the launch of the future SUV on April 19. Q5 will compete with models like BMW X3, the future Mercedes GLK, Volkswagen Tiguan and Volvo XC60.

The Q5 will debut with the same engine line-up found on the Volkswagen Tiguan: 1.4 TSI, 2.0 TDI or 3.0 TDI. A hybrid version will also be unveiled.

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For now, we’ll not get into the debate on whether the Audi Q5 will be unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show or not, but what we will do is enjoy these new and clearer pictures of the car which have come out on the net.

The Q5 is positioned below the Q7 and Allroad models. We expected the Q5 ’s unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show but China appears to be a better location after seeing them unveil their Cross Coupe Quattro at Shanghai last year.

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 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.

Will the same platform be used to make the smaller Cayenne? Audi’s board members are against the whole thing fearing such a model will wipe out the Q5, but with the increase of Porsche’s stake in VW, there are chances of the so called Porsche ’Roxster’ turning into reality. At least we hope it happens.

Source: Petrol Head

The Audi Q5 will make its official debut on April 19. Until the you can register on its official microsite to get the latest informations about the SUV.

The Audi Q5 will join the Audi Q7 as the Audi brand’s second model in the sport utility vehicle (SUV) segment. The Q5’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system has a 40/60 percent front/rear torque bias. Likely engines include a direct-injection 2.0-liter four and a 3.2-liter V-6. The 4.2-liter V-8 could power an S-line version. A six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG do the shifting.

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Porsche 911 Cayenne (996)

Automotive politics in full swing. As Porsche increases its stake in VW from 31 percent to more than 50 percent, its earlier plans of making a smaller SUV based on the Audi Q5 has aroused. And news is out from Ingolstadt that Audi’s board members are against this proposition as they fear it might impact Q5’s sales.

Porsche’s Chairman Wendelin Wiedeking, for many years, has been trying to strike a deal with Audi to bring out a five-seater SUV. The Q5 was what he exactly had in mind. The Porsche Cayenne and the Audi Q7 were developed and are built on a common platform. Wiedeking’s idea of making it happen again with the Q5 has apparently not pleased the board members at Audi.

The Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7 are in their own leagues even though they share the same platform. Porsche should stop buying such lame stories and go ahead with developing their own stuff and now with the increase in their stake, it is bound to happen anytime soon. I mean, who wouldn’t want to buy a mini-Cayenne? And once they bring out one, it would definitely destroy the BMW X3 .

Source: Auto Week

In an interview with Automotive News, the head of Audi’s dealer council, Joel Weinberger confirmed that the compact Q3 crossover and A7 four-door coupe are under development, and a small SUV is being discussed.

Talking about the Q5, he said that US market will first see the hybrid version and then the diesel one: "The Q5 will go hybrid first and not diesel. You can only have so many drivetrains. It comes down to pricing too. Audi has told me the unit cost of a diesel is $4,000 more but they realize they cannot sell it for $4,000 more — the premium will be half of that. We’ll sell them if they can keep pricing in line."

When asked if Audi need the smaller Q5 SUV in the United States, he answered: "The Q7 is a really big vehicle. Just size-wise you have to look at the (Lexus Lexus ) RX 330 as your target. The Q5 will fit into that niche and it should not cannibalize the Q7. It will be bigger than the (BMW) X3 and (Acura) RDX. Smaller SUVs tend to be more female-oriented."

After quite a lot of pictures of Audi’s new baby SUV, the Q5, appearing with lots of sticky tape disguises, the no-nonsense Germans at Auto Bild have captured the new car in the flesh, totally uncovered.

Audi Q5 naked shots

The Audi Q5 will join the Audi Q7 as the Audi brand’s second model in the sport utility vehicle (SUV) segment. “The Audi Q5 Audi Q5 will be an overtly sporty vehicle that will add an important product to the Audi model range. The Audi Q5 will take us a big step closer to vehicle sales of 1.4 million per year, a target that we have set ourselves for 2015,” continued Winterkorn.

Audi Q5 naked shots

The Q5’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system has a 40/60 percent front/rear torque bias. Likely engines include a direct-injection 2.0-liter four and a 3.2-liter V-6. The 4.2-liter V-8 could power an S-line version. A six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG do the shifting.

In order to be able to use V-8 engines, which are considered essential for the U.S. market, the engines in this SUV will be mounted lengthwise, not transversely.

Source: Autobild
We expected the Audi Q5 Audi Q5 to debut at Los Angeles Auto Show, but it seems we were wrong. and the X3’s competitor will debut in January 2008 at Detroit Motor Show. Until then, here’s a pretty cool spy video of the Audi’s latest SUV.

We expected the Audi Q5 to debut at Los Angeles Auto Show, but it seems we were wrong. and the X3’s competitor will debut in January 2008 at Detroit Motor Show. Until then, here’s a pretty cool spy video of the Audi’s latest SUV.

No doubt, this are the clearest spy shots of the Q5. And this is what helped AutoExpress to make a clear view of how the Q5 will look like. The Q5 will be launched at the 2008 Geneva motor Show and will go on sale later after.

Source: AutoExpress

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