We might be saying hello to another premium crossover in the future in the form of the 2021 Audi Q5. Recently receiving a makeover inside and out, the Q5 gets a subtle facelift, new standard technologies, as well as a plethora of improved turbocharged powertrains that Audi claims will deliver performance as well as better fuel efficiency.
Starting with its exterior, the 2021 Q5 comes with some not-so-obvious alterations. The signature Singleframe front grille gets a thinner frame which gives it a more. Meanwhile, the LED headlights and LED daytime running lights now follows the look of the new RS6. The taillights, on the other hand, are now of the OLED kind which is available on the SQ5. A total of four rear lighting designs are available for customers to choose from.
With the optional S-Line exterior trim package, the front grille gets a more aggressive hexagonal design, sporty corner air intakes, a gloss black skid plate, and a choice of either 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, some might say the Q5 still looks the same as before. In reality, Audi was busy giving the Q5 a tech upgrade. It now has a bigger 10.1-inch touchscreen with the latest infotainment system dubbed 'MIB 3'. It has ten times more computing power than the old system and has an improved navigation system as well. The center console dials and controls have been done away in favor of the new touchscreen-based system.
Other upgrades Audi made on the Q5's interior include an updated 12.3-inch Audi Virtual Cockpit, wireless Apple CarPlay, walnut trim pieces, new leather upholstery, and touches of piano black accents all around.
Under the hood, the 2021 Q5 can be specified with either TDI or TFSI engines. The former is available with a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel inline-four dubbed as the '40 TDI'. Power has been increased from 190 PS to 204 PS while peak torque is rated at 400 Nm. It is then connected to a seven-speed S-Tronic transmission, the diesel-powered Q5 can go from 0 – 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 220 km/h.
The other available engine is a 2.0-liter TFSI engine that benefits from mild-hybrid tech. The turbocharged gasoline engine comes with a low-voltage belt-starter generator that can recapture lost energy from braking or deceleration. From 252 PS, the mild-hybrid system helps the engine produce a total output of 265 PS. Torque remains at 370 Nm, however.
Last but not least is a plug-in hybrid 2.0-liter TFSI. It also gets a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that is helped along by an electric motor. The electric motor is powered by a 14.1 kWh battery and sits between the engine and the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. With it, the engine has a total system output of 367 PS and 500 Nm of torque. It also benefits from an all-electric mode that is good for 32 km.
But for those that prefer a six-cylinder on their Q5, there's the SQ5. It doesn't benefit from a hybrid system whatsoever, but it does have a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 that's good for 353 PS and 500 Nm of torque. Not only that, but it also comes with Quattro all-wheel drive, a seven-speed dual-clutch, and adaptive dampers.
With Audi Philippines originally launching the latest Q5 way back in late 2017, the current model is indeed due for a refresh. The only question now is when will it actually arrive, and what exact powertrain we will be getting in the not so distant future. And will the changes be more obvious once we see the car in metal?