After a long hiatus of over a year, Audi has relaunched the Q5 midsize SUV in the Indian car market. This time around, the Audi Q5 has arrived in a facelifted avatar, which gets a host of visual tweaks, added equipment and a BS6-compliant petrol engine, which now happens to be the only powertrain option for the Q5. The new Audi Q5 is a locally-assembled model, bookings of which are already open for Rs 2 lakh.
Price and Variants
This time around, the Audi Q5 is available as a petrol-only model, which has been made available in two different variants. The range-starting Premium Plus variant is priced at Rs 58.93 lakh, while the better-equipped Technology variant will set you back by Rs 63.77 lakh, thus commanding a premium of around Rs 5 lakh.
While the silhouette of the Audi Q5 remains unchanged as compared to the previous model, the SUV has received subtle tweaks on the outside, which make it look sharper than ever before. The front grille has grown larger and sharper in size, and now gets different chrome surrounds and vertical chrome slats.
There are new headlamps at the front too, which also are sharper and get revised all-LED lighting patterns. The front and rear bumpers have been tweaked as well, with the former getting revised housings for fog lamps and air intakes. Other changes include different 19-inch ‘S-design’ alloy wheels and restyled LED tail lamps with a brushed aluminium strip in between them.
There are five different colour options on offer for the new Audi Q5, which are Ibis White, Mythos Black, Navarra Blue, Manhattan Grey and Floret Silver.
The cabin of the new Audi Q5 has also received minor updates. While the cabin continues to come with the options of dual-tone black/beige and black/walnut upholsteries, the list of features has gotten longer. The 8.3-inch infotainment system of the older model has been replaced by a new 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which operates on Audi’s new MIB3 software and supports connected car tech.
The higher-spec Technology variant of the Audi Q5 gets many features over the Premium Plus variant, such as virtual cockpit plus full-TFT instrument console, piano black inserts on the centre console, premium Bang & Olufsen sound system, automatic climate control, park assist and wireless charger.
Engine and Transmission
The diesel-powered engines have been ditched altogether, and the new Audi Q5 now comes only with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, which it shares with the Audi A6. However, here, the engine is more powerful as compared to that in the sedan, with maximum power and torque outputs of 249 bhp and 370 Nm respectively. Both 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and Quattro all-wheel-drive system are on offer as standard in both variants of the Audi Q5.