Marcus De Guzman / Marcus De Guzman | October 12, 2017 13:07
Sleeker, more high-tech Audi Q5 makes local debut
After making its world debut at the Paris Motor Show, the Audi Q5 is now available in the Philippines.
PGA Cars Inc, the official distributor of Audi in the country, has just launched the all-new Audi Q5 at the Manila Polo Club in Makati.
Lighter and sleeker than its predecessor, the new-generation Q5 builds upon the success of the outgoing model thanks to an evolutionary design and array of new technologies.
Beginning with its exterior design, the all-new Q5 takes on a sportier design coupled to a more taut stance. The front fascia gets a redesigned Singleframe hexagonal grill along with a revised set of LED headlights. However, Audi mentioned those can be upgraded to Matrix LEDs for improved night time visibility.
Towards the side, the flared wheel arches emphasizes the Q5's quattro lineage while the low-slung greenhouse tapers towards the C-pillar. Wraparound taillights with LED lighting are present at the back, along with a rear diffuser that sits between the dual exhaust pipes.
As mentioned earlier, the all-new Q5 is 90kg lighter than before. This was made possible thanks to a mixture of high-tensile strength steel and aluminum. Size-wise, the 2018 Q5 measures 4660mm long, 1890mm wide, 1660mm tall and has a 2820mm wheelbase.
Inside, the Q5 has better cabin space improved thanks to its slightly bigger dimensions. Luggage space was also given attention as it can now hold 610 liters worth of cargo compared to the previous model's 550 liters. Fold the rear seats down and luggage space grows to 1,550 liters.
The new 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit system makes its way in the new crossover as well as the MMI 8.3-inch touchscreen infotainment with navigation. Aside from the usual suite of multimedia functions, the Q5 now also support's Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Beyond that, the new MMI system also comes with gesture control, voice control and a haptic feedback touchpad as such.
Two engine choices are available for the 2018 Q5. First up is the 2.0-liter TDI four-cylinder turbo-diesel. It puts out 190 PS along with 400 Nm of torque. It can go from 0 – 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 217 km/h. Next is the gasoline-fed 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine. It generates 252 PS and 370 Nm of torque. 0 – 100 km/h is achieved in 6.3 seconds while top speed is rated at 237 km/h.
Both models come with Audi's quattro all-wheel drive system and are mated to a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission.
Other available features that can be specified for the 2018 Audi Q5 include: adaptive air suspension, Bang & Olufsen audio system, three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel, ambient lighting and 20-inch five-spoke aluminum alloy wheels courtesy of Audi Sport.
The 2.0 TDI and 2.0 TFSI will be available in three trim models; Design, Premium and S line. Prices start at PhP 4.9M for the 2018 Audi Q5.