Unveiled for the first time just two months ago, the all-new, second-generation Audi Q5 is fast entering the production stage for the global market. Built at the Four Rings’ new production facility in San Jose, Mexico, Audi Malaysia has confirmed that we will be getting the Q5 as early as the third quarter of 2017.
As before, the Malaysian-bound Q5 will be of the sole 2.0-litre TFSI variant. The famed quattro all-wheel drive technology comes as standard, though it now features Ultra Technology which switches from front-wheel drive to four-wheel drive on-the-fly through an electronically-actuated centre differential. This means the Q5 will predominantly be in front-wheel drive to conserve fuel, but quattro can be activated in a fraction of a second when required.
Now, back to the powertrain. The 2.0-litre TFSI is a familiar four-cylinder unit, capable of producing 252 hp from 5,000 to 6,000 rpm and 370 Nm of torque from 1,600 to 4,500 rpm. Together with a seven-speed S Tronic transmission, the Q5 sprints from 0 to 100km/h in a respectable 6.3 seconds before topping out at 237km/h. Thanks to a class’ best drag coefficient of 0.30, the Q5 sips just 7.1 litres of petrol per 100km (combined cycle) when travelling on 17-inch hoops. As a reminder, the Q5 is also 90kg lighter than the previous model!
Making their debut are several unique exterior colours, but what struck a chord with us are Navarra Blue Pearl and Azore Green Metallic, both pictured in the gallery below. Wheel design and sizes vary anywhere from 17- to 21-inches, but a safe bet for us would be the 18-inch selections. There will of course be an S-Line package as an option, along with the new adaptive air suspension with height adjustment, Matrix LED headlamps and sports differential.
With a little over nine months to go, the wait may be long for those who are eager to get their hands on the much improved Q5. It’s bigger in almost every way, and passengers now benefit from improved legroom thanks to the longer wheelbase – 12mm to be exact.
We have just sampled the Q5 in the beautiful city of Los Cabos, Mexico, so watch this space for more updates to come! Meanwhile, enjoy the pictures below, and shoot us those inquiries if you wish.