MIDDLE OF THE QUEUE: Audi's latest SUV, the new Q5, made its debut at the Paris motor show. Image: Newspress
• Up to 90kg lighter
• 10 litres extra luggage capacity
• Increased interior space
• One TFSI, two TDI engines
• New five-link suspension
• Drive Select standard
• Quattro fitted as standard
Paris – The second-generation Q5 made its world debut at the 2016 Paris motor show.
Audi says it has focused connectivity, driver assistance, aeroacoustics and driving dynamics with the new model.
The design features a singleframe grille with a solid frame. Xenon headlights are standard and either LED or high-resolution Matrix LED with dynamic indicators as options.
It's set to arrive in South Africa by mid-2017.
Audi says the design of its Q5 is underpinned by a "curved and strongly undercut shoulder line". The inflamed wheel arches point to the standard-fitted quattro permanent all-wheel drive system.
The tail lights are also available with optional dynamic indicators. The tailgate wraps around the C-pillars – a feature typical of' 'Q-models'. A diffuser insert integrates the exhaust tailpipes.
Audi says the new model is up to 90kg lighter than the previous generation. The new Q5 has grown in almost all of its dimensions. Steels with maximum tensile strength and aluminium form an material mix in the body.
Audi claims its new model has a "best-in-class drag coefficient". The four-cylinder versions attain a cd figure of 0.30 with the aerodynamically optimised roof.
In the UK, The new Audi Q5 is launching in a powerful 2.0-litre TDI engine producing 140kW. Soon after the launch a 2.0-litre TFSI engine will also be available.
The further developed 2.0-litre TFSI has an output of 185kW. The revised 3.0TDI, coming at a later date, increases output to 210kW with 620Nm.
The new model features torque vectoring delivers a dynamic, precise and controllable driving experience, according to the automaker.
Bigger, wider and longer
Interior space has increased significantly, with emphasis on space for five persons.
The rear seat back of the new Audi Q5 is split into three segments. Longitudinal and seat back angle adjustment are optional. Depending on the rear seat position, the basic volume of the luggage compartment ranges from 550 to 610 litres, 10 litres more than in the previous model.
When the rear bench is folded down, this volume grows to 1550 litres. Cargo loading is simplified by a power-operated tailgate fitted as standard.
Its horizontally oriented lines underscore the impression of width and comfort, and a three-dimensional trim strip runs across the entire width of the instrument panel. The new equipment lines concept offers customers a broad selection of colours and materials.