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Sporty new Q5 now in SA

2013-01-25 13:26

NOW WITH GOOGLE STREET VIEW: Most of the changes on the 2013 Q5 are under the metal with drivers benifiting from an improved chassis and Audi's MMI system with Google connectivity.

 

Audi's Q5 has, the automaker says, become even more assertive, efficient and sporty for 2013 as the German brand launches the latest version of its mid-sized SUV in South Africa.

The automaker has made changes to the Q5's design, infotainment, chassis and engine line-up. The model is available in two trim lines - S and SE - and launches with five engine options (two TDI and three TFSI), each with start/stop system.

SUPERCHARGED V6

Although most of the engines have enhanced performance over the previous model, their fuel consumption has been reduced by as much as 15%.
 
The 2.0TDI 130kW/380Nm can be mated to either manual or S tronic and quattro drive. It clalims fuel consumption of six litres/100km and CO2 emissions of 157g/km on the manual and 159g/km for the auto.

The top-of-the-range 3.0 TDI delivers 180kW/580Nm and is available with a seven-speed S tronic and quattro. It accelerates from 0-100km/h in 6.5 seconds and has a top speed of 225km/h.

The V6 diesel claims fuel consumption of 6.4 litres/100km and combined CO2 emissions of 169g/km.
 
A highlight of the TFSI engine line-up is the new two-litre, four-cylinder available in 132kW or 165kW derivatives. The 132kW variant is only available in manual guise; the 165kW is available with an eight-speed Tiptronic.

Combined fuel consumption figures for the 132kW are 7.1 litres/100km and a CO2 emissions figure of 174g/km. The 165kW has a claimed rating of 7.9 litres/100km and CO2 emissions of 184 g/km.
 
The new supercharged 3.0 TFSI V6, replaces the previous generation 3.2. The 3.0 is capble of 200kW/400 and can rocket the Q5 from 0-100km/h in 5.9 seconds. Combined fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are 8.5 litres/100km and 199 g/km respectively.
 
The chassis of the Q5 has been improved for more comfort and the new power steering system gives drivers more control. According to Audi the system reduces fuel consumption by approximately 0.2 litres/100 km.
 
Audi's drive select system is optional on the Q5.
 
The Q5 a maximum climbing angle of 31 degrees, approach and departure angles are 25 degrees, while its ramp angle is 17 degrees. The Q5’s ground clearance measures 20cm.
 
NEW DESIGN

The headlights have been modified and the light diodes of the optional xenon 'plus' units are shaped as curved bands.
 
The black grille has beveled upper edges and its vertical chromed struts and Audi rings have been tweaked. The modified bumpers integrate air-inlets with black inserts and foglights with chromed rings.
 
Models with xenon plus headlights (standard on V6 models) also sport a redesinged tailights. The diffuser insert and the tailpipes have been redesigned in two versions, depending on the engine.

Roof rails and crossbars are standard across the range. An S-line or offroad styling package are both available to order.
 
Inside, many of the controls have narrow chromed trim and the steering column control stalks, ignition key and instruments have been modified.
 
Audi's MMI navigation plus now has four buttons and its volume dial has an additional skip function. Other refinements have been made to the controls for the heated seats, new air conditioning system, Audi drive select and the steering wheel.
 
The Bluetooth car phone online complements the MMI navigation system which has an integrated WLAN hotspot to allow occupants to surf the internet with their mobile devices.

Drivers have access to Google Earth and street view via Audi connect online services.

PRICES

Audi Q5 2.0T FSI S - R464 000
Audi Q5 2.0 TDI S manual - R469 000
Audi Q5 2.0 TDI S S tronic - R488 000
Audi Q5 2.0T FSI SE Tiptronic - R528 000
Audi Q5 3.0T FSI SE Tiptronic - R599 000
Audi Q5 3.0 TDI SE S tronic - R616 000

The new Audi Q5 is sold with a five-year or 100000km Audi Freeway plan.
 


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