After a painstakingly long teaser campaign, the second-generation Q5 has arrived at the Paris Motor Show with a very familiar design both inside and out.

The road to reveal was exhausting and at the same time filled with lots of spy images, rumours, and teasers, but now the wait is finally over. Up to 90 kilograms (198 pounds) lighter than its predecessor, the 2017 Q5 might not look all that different compared to the model it’s about to replace, but it’s hiding some major hardware changes underneath its familiar skin.

Despite being significantly lighter, the new Q5 has grown in size and has a more aerodynamic body, which in the case of the four-cylinder models with the aero-optimized roof has enabled a drag coefficient of 0.30. At 4,660 millimetres (4.66 metres) long, 1,890 mm (1.89 metres) wide and 1,660 mm (1.66 metres) tall with a 2,820 mm (2.82 metre) wheelbase, the second generation is slightly larger than the previous model in order to accommodate a more spacious interior cabin with extra room for passengers as well as for their luggage. Cargo capacity is up by 10 litres and now stands at 550 to 610 litres (19.4 to 21.5 cu-ft), depending on the position of the rear seats. Fold them down and the volume of the load area will jump to 1,550 liters (54.7 cu-ft).

There’s not much to talk about in terms of design since Audi has decided to once again play it safe and take the evolutionary path, while borrowing some styling cues from the bigger Q7. The same thing can be said about the interior cabin where there’s now an entirely digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster available as an option to replace the analog dials. To avoid distractions behind the wheel, buyers will be given the possibility to order a head-up display set to project important information onto the windshield.

Riding on the same MLB Evo platform as the latest A4 and A5 models, the overhauled Q5 gets a similar array of turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines. For the European market, Audi has plans to sell its premium crossover upon launch with a 2.0 TFSI unit rated at 252 horsepower. However, we all know the bread and butter are going to be the TDIs, and the Q5 will be offered with a 2.0-litre in three states of tune: 150 hp, 163 hp, and 190 hp. Should you want more diesel punch, a six-cylinder 3.0-litre TDI will push out 286 hp and 457 pound-feet of torque.

2017 Audi Q5
2017 Audi Q5
2017 Audi Q5
2017 Audi Q5
2017 Audi Q5
2017 Audi Q5


Depending on engine choice, the new Audi Q5 will be available with a six-speed manual, a seven-speed S tronic, and an eight-speed tiptronic reserved for the beefier 3.0 V6 TDI. All engines are connected to Quattro all-wheel drive system as standard, with the exception of the entry-level diesel where customers will have to pay extra to switch from front-wheel drive to AWD.

As announced through a recent teaser, the second-gen will be available with an optional adaptive air suspension making its debut on the Q5. Just like in the big-boy Q7, the drivers get to pick from five different modes to modify the car’s ride height depending on the road conditions. At an additional cost, dynamic steering can also be selected to vary the gear ratio based on the steering angle and the driving speed.

Even the entry-level model rides on 17-inch wheels, while upgrading to the design and sport equipment lines will bump the size to 18 inches. Go for the S Line sport package and Audi Design Selection and the Q5 will get larger 19-inch alloys. If those aren’t big enough, the crossover will be available with wheels up to 21 inches.

Unlike the outgoing Q5 made in Ingolstadt, its successor will be assembled in Mexico at the new San José Chiapa factory. Sales are scheduled to begin early next year in Europe, with the base price in Germany at €45,100 (approx. $66,500 CAD).

Source: Audi

 

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