Having set the Paris Motor Show as the stage for its debut, Audi unveiled the new Q5 outfitted with various connectivity and driver-assist tech.
As with the outgoing model, the new Q5 takes a somewhat wide and taut stance. The front fascia still features the signature singleframe grill, this time though it receives a hexagonal outline that’s been seen in Audi’s of late. Headlights come standard with Xenon lighting, however high-resolution Matrix LEDs will come as options.
Inspired by its use of the renowned Quattro permanent all-wheel drive system, the crossover has pronounced wheel arches to signify its capacity for more traction. Compared to the previous model, the new Q5 has a somewhat low-slung greenhouse that tapers as it ends towards the C-Pillar. The tailgate, as is a common trait of models in Audi’s Q lineup, wraps around the C-Pillars. The Q5’s rear end is then finished with taillights that feature dynamic indicators as well as a small diffuser nestled between the exhaust tailpipes.
Thanks to a mixture of high tensile strength steel and aluminum used in its construction, the new Q5 tips the scales around 90kg lighter (give or take depending on engine options) than the previous model despite having its dimensions expand.
Given its wider track and dimensions, we see the interior of the Q5 benefit from the newfound space. While the outgoing model can also seat five individuals, the new Q5 does the job with relative comfort for its occupants in terms of legroom. Thanks to its extra width, trunk capacity also increases greatly from 550 liters in the previous model to 610 liters in the new model.
Playing host to Audi’s improved connectivity is a 12.3-inch display mounted on the dash. Control of this infotainment system is supplemented by a touchpad integrated into the rotary pushbutton on the center console. The touchpad can sense various handwritten gestures just like a smartphone, white the infotainment system hosts an intelligent free-text search for ease of use.
In terms of actual driving, Audi’s new Personal Route Assist allows the vehicle to ‘learn’ any of the driver’s frequented routes or destinations and can simulate faster bypasses depending on the vehicle’s orientation and the time of day. For as long as the system is active, the Q5 can suggest any three frequented destinations and plot routes accordingly. Aside from navigation, a ‘predictive efficiency assistant’ assesses terrain in real-time to give input to the driver for improved fuel economy. Adaptive Cruise Control is in place as well, along with it comes a traffic jam assist that can handle minor steering work during heavy traffic. Audi also has a ‘pre-sense city’ system in place that senses pedestrians and may execute emergency braking if the driver fails to do so.
Active lane assist, Cross traffic assist, rear exit warning system, collision avoidance assist and turn assist, park assist, the camera-based recognition of traffic signs and hill descent assist round out the safety features of the Q5.
Powertrain options include the base 2.0L TDI which, in its newly developed form pushes 190PS. The 2.0L TFSI will also be made available with 252PS on tap whereas the 3.0L TDI will be made available at a later date boasting 286PS and 620nM of torque.
The new Q5 is set to make its debut in Europe around spring of 2017.