Audi Q5, SQ5: Sportier and more multifaceted

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AUDI presents another two successful models: The new Q5 and SQ5 are now available in the Middle East markets including Bahrain, KSA, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, UAE, Lebanon and Jordan. The SUV with the four rings combines the sportiness of an Audi sedan with a multifaceted character of an SUV and a highly flexible interior. Whether its connectivity, efficiency or driver assistance systems – the new Audi Q5 and SQ5 once again set standards in its segment.

“The first Audi Q5 was for many years the world’s best-selling SUV in its class. It was no easy task to design its successor, but that is precisely why it is so very exciting,” said Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management at AUDI AG. “With the new Q5 we are setting the bar a notch higher. Among the great innovations are the quattro drive system with ultra technology, highly efficient engine, the air suspension with damper control and a comprehensive line-up of infotainment and assistance systems.”

The new SUV from Audi takes a sporty and taut stance on the street. A sculpturally flared Singleframe grille with a solid frame dominates its aerodynamically flat front end. It is available with headlights that are either in LED or high-resolution Matrix LED technology with dynamic turn lights.

A distinctively curved and strongly undercut shoulder line gives structure to the side view. The strongly emphasized wheel arches are a reference to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. Just as at the front, horizontal lines at the rear convey an image of width and presence. The tail lights are also available with optional dynamic turn signals. The tailgate wraps around the C-pillars – a typical feature of the Q models from Audi. A diffuser insert integrates the exhaust tailpipes.

Audi is offering the new Q5 and SQ5 in 12 different exterior colours (plus Audi Exclusive). Three newly configured equipment lines are available – base, sport and design, in addition to, the S line sport package, design selection and the S line exterior package. They influence the overall appearance. In the design line, contrasting grey add-on parts emphasize the rugged character of the new SUV, while the sport equipment line of the Audi Q5 has parts fully painted in the exterior color.

Compared to the previous model, the new Audi Q5/SQ5 has grown in nearly all of its dimensions. Contrastingly, the unladen weight was reduced – depending on the engine – by up to 90 kg. Steels with maximum tensile strength and aluminum form an intelligent material mix in the body.

The new Q5 also stands at the top of its class in its aerodynamics. The four-cylinder versions attain a cd figure of 0.30 with the aerodynamically optimized roof. Wind noises are exceptionally low, and vibration comfort is high – the new SUV from Audi indulges the driver and passengers with the best interior acoustics in its class.

The interior offers significant space for five persons, and it surpasses the previous model and its competitors in key dimensions. 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 colors and materials.

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 1,550 litres. Cargo loading is simplified by intelligent solutions like a standard, variably folding mat, optional sensor control of the power tailgate and manual lowering of the body via the optional air suspension.

Operation of the new Audi SUV is intuitive and is marked by three great new features. The Audi virtual cockpit (optional for Q5, standard for SQ5) presents brilliant graphics on its high-resolution 12.3-inch screen. The driver can choose from two views – a classic view with large round instruments and a mode in which the navigation map or lists dominate. The also optional head-up display projects key information onto the windshield.

The MMI terminal in the center console acts as the main control element. In the top infotainment system, the MMI navigation plus with MMI touch and an 8.3-inch display, a touchpad is integrated into the rotary pushbutton. It recognizes handwritten entries as well as gestures familiar from consumer electronics such as zooming gestures.

The MMI operating logic is based on the flat hierarchies used in today’s smartphones, and it offers such features as intelligent free-text search. The new natural-language voice control function also recognizes inputs from everyday speech. Serving as an additional third operating level in the new Audi Q5 and SQ5 is the multifunction steering wheel plus. Audi can deliver a newly developed head-up display as an option. It projects relevant information onto the windshield – including from driver assistance systems – as symbols and numbers that can be perceived quickly.

The Audi phone box connects smartphones to the vehicle’s antenna for optimal reception quality; it also charges smartphones inductively according to the Qi standard. The Bang & Olufsen Sound System with innovative 3D sound introduces the spatial dimension of height. The Audi tablet, which is also new, serves as a flexible Rear Seat Entertainment device. The Audi smartphone interface also brings Apple CarPlay and Android Auto into the new Q5 model range.

With its driver assistance systems, the new Audi Q5 and SQ5 also tops its segment with a range of high-tech options. In their intelligent interplay, the systems represent a next step towards piloted driving. They are offered in one package – “City assist with Parking assist”

Cross traffic assist rear, the exit warning system, collision avoidance assist and turn assist are other new features that perform excellently in pursuit of safety. Park assist and hill descent assist complete the new features offered.

The new Audi Q5 and SQ5 are launching in the Middle East with one powerful and efficient engine variant each. They combine ample power with efficiency.

The Q5 is equipped with the further developed 2.0 TFSI has an output of 252 hp, yet it only consumes 7.2 litres of gasoline per 100 km, which equates to 154 grams CO2 per km.

As the sportiest model of the Q5 model series, the new Audi SQ5 3.0 TFSI delivers a performance of 354 hp. The turbocharged aluminum engine delivers a constant 500 Nm of torque from 1,370 to 4,500 rpm. The sprint from zero to 100 km/h is completed in 5.4 seconds and the top speed is electronically governed at 250 km/h. The new Audi SQ5 3.0 TFSI consumes just 8.3 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers – a CO2 equivalent of 189 grams per kilometer.

The turbocharger, which replaces the mechanical compressor of the previous engine of the SQ5, operates according to the twin-scroll principle. The exhaust branches of the two cylinder banks run separately in the exhaust manifold and in the turbocharger housing, and only merge before the turbine wheel. This technology improves the flow characteristics so that the turbine responds more spontaneously. This makes a significant contribution to the early and powerful torque build-up. The turbocharger is located within the 90-degree V of the cylinder banks. This arrangement enables compact construction and minimal flow losses, so that the 3.0 TFSI responds spontaneously and directly.

The drivetrain of the mid-size SUV has been redeveloped from the ground up – The automatic transmission integrates a fuel-saving freewheel function. The driver controls it by a selection lever or by shift paddles on the steering wheel; in both cases, the control signals are transmitted electronically.

The new quattro drivetrain with ultra technology is standard equipment. The quattro with ultra technology always disengages the rear-axle drive whenever it is not needed, and if necessary it can proactively re-engage it. The new concept boosts efficiency without reducing traction or driving dynamics.

In addition, wheel-selective torque control gives handling a refined touch. The intelligent software solution always delivers a dynamic, precise and controllable driving experience.

The new Audi Q5 model range enables handling that combines very different strengths – it is sporty while being extremely comfortable. Creating the basis for this are the newly developed five-link suspensions and also the new electromechanical power steering system. Dynamic steering is available as an option; it varies its gear ratio according to the driving speed and steering angle.

Customers can choose from two extension stages of springs and damping. The chassis with damper control offers a very wide spread between comfort and dynamics, which the driver can select via Audi drive select. In addition to adjusting damper control, the new adaptive air suspension can be used to vary the ride height of the car body over five stages.

In the standard system, Audi drive select, which accesses various technical modules, the driver can select one of as many as seven driving modes. The two new modes, lift/off road and all road, emphasize the off road character of the Audi Q5 optimally.

The design and sport equipment lines for the Q5 come with 18-inch wheels (base: 17-inch), and the S line sport package and Audi design selection come with 19-inch wheels. Wheels up to 21 inches in diameter are available as options.

255/45 tires are mounted as standard on the equally standard 20-inch on the SQ5, cast aluminum wheels. 21-inch wheels are available as an option.

For the Audi SQ5 a fast and smooth-shifting eight-speed tiptronic transmits the power in the new Audi SQ5 . The lower gears feature short, sporty ratios, while the upper gears are long so as to reduce the engine speed and fuel consumption. Provided that the function is activated in Audi drive select, the transmission automatically switches to freewheeling mode as soon as the driver lifts their foot off the gas pedal at speeds between 55 and 160 km/h , ensuring even greater fuel efficiency.

The quattro permanent all-wheel drive contributes to the sporty handling. During normal driving, it distributes the engine power with a slight rear-axle bias. When necessary, the lion’s share of the power is sent to the axle with the better traction. Wheel-selective torque control is active on all types of surfaces. During dynamic cornering, the software function slightly brakes the inside wheels. The car turns itself into the curve ever so slightly. Turn-in behavior remains neutral longer, and handling is stable, precise and agile.

The sporty handling qualities of the new Audi SQ5 rest on a suspension system with five-link axles at the front and rear. The complex design provides for greater stability at the limit and combines increased agility with significantly improved comfort. The standard damper control features a particularly wide spread between comfort and dynamics. The adaptive CDC dampers (continuous damping control) are integrated in the Audi drive select system along with the engine, steering, tiptronic and optional sport differential.

An important contribution to the driving dynamics of the SQ5 is also the new electromechanical power steering adjustment. Optionally available is the dynamic steering, which varies its ratio depending on the speed and steering angle.

The new Audi Q5 model range is manufactured at a newly constructed plant in Mexico and is now available at all Audi dealerships in the Middle East. — SG


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