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20 January 2018

Launched: Audi Q5 at Rs 53.25 lakh

The second-gen Audi Q5 is powered by a 190 hp 2.0-litre diesel; Audi claims a 0-100kph in 7.9sec.

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Audi has just launched the most awaited all new second generation Audi Q5 in India. It’s available in 2 trims, with prices starting at Rs 53.25 lakh for the premium plus variant and going up to Rs 57.60 lakh for the top technology variant.

When you see the car in the metal, it is pretty easy to distinguish it from the older one. The grille is bigger, the headlamps have been redesigned and the face resembles big brother Audi Q7 more closely now. Moving to the sides, the wheel arches have been flared out a bit more and the cladding improves the rugged appeal of the car. At the rear, there’s a sharp crease to split the bulk and the restyled tail-lamps look pretty good too.

The second-gen Audi Q5 is based on the MLB platform and is longer, wider and taller than its predecessor. The longer wheelbase has freed up some more for rear passengers too. Quite a few changes then.

However, with the use of high-strength steel, the new car upto 90 kgs lighter too.

On the inside, there’s now Audi Virtual Cockpit behind the redesigned steering, along with a MMI Navigation plus MMI touch with handwriting recognition and a phone box for wireless charging. The car also comes with an Audi smartphone interface that connects your Apple or Android phones to the car’s MMI system.

Under the hood is a 190 hp 2.0-litre diesel motor which, the carmaker says, has been tweaked to improve performance and at the same time improve refinement. The car is also said to be extremely quiet with its class leading NVH levels.  The engine sends all that power to the four wheels through a seven-speed automatic gearbox. Audi says the Q5 can breach 100kph in 7.9sec, but we’ll verify those figures once we’ve had the chance to test it. To add on to the excitement, the car also comes with Audi Drive Select, which gives the car 5 different driving modes to suit your mood.

The Audi Q5 has been a rather successful product for the German carmaker, with the manufacturer saying that every third quattro-equipped car sold globally has been an AudiQ5. Into that scenario arrives this new car and goes up against the likes of the Mercedes GLE, Volvo XC60 and the upcoming BMW X3. That’s a lot of expectations riding on this second-gen Audi Q5.

Want to know how the new Audi Q5 drives? Check out our first drive here.

Tags: bmw, mercedes, audi, q3, q5

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