Audi unveils new second generation Q5 SUV

Audi unveiled the new second generation Q5 SUV at the Paris Motor Show. It will arrive at dealerships in Ireland at the beginning of 2017. Pricing will be announced later this year.

The new SUV from Audi takes a sporty and taut stance on the street but is almost 90kg lighter. A sculpturally flared single frame grille with a solid frame dominates its aerodynamically flat front end. It is available with headlights that are in xenon, LED, or high-resolution Matrix LED technology with dynamic turn lights.

Audi says that it sets the standard once again as it combines the sportiness of their saloons with a highly flexible interior, the latest innovations in Audi infotainment and up to 30 driver assistance features.

The Audi Q5 will launch in Ireland with a choice of 14 different exterior colours and five powerful and efficient engines: four TDI engines and one TFSI. Audi engineers have managed to add more power while reducing fuel consumption. The 2.0 TDI engines have up to a 27hp increase in power with outputs of 150hp, 163hp and 190hp, and are particularly efficient.

Audi drive select sees the addition of two new modes, meaning that the driver can now select one of seven driving modes. The two new modes, lift/offroad and allroad, emphasise the offroad character of the Audi Q5.

The new Audi SUV comes with 18-inch alloy wheels on SE models as standard, while S Line models come with 18-inch five-arm star alloy wheels. For a sportier look, wheels up to 21 inches in diameter are available as options.

Depending on the rear seat position, the basic volume of the luggage compartment ranges from 550 to 610 litres, 10 litres more than the previous model. When the rear bench is folded down, this volume increases to 1,550 litres. Cargo loading is simplified by a variably folding mat as standard, standard sensor control of the power tailgate, and manual lowering of the body via the optional air suspension.

The Audi virtual cockpit 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 newly developed optional head-up display projects key information onto the windshield.

In addition to the new Q5, Audi also unveiled their new RS3 Saloon, which it says features the most powerful five-cylinder engine in the world. With 400hp five-cylinder engine, ground-breaking efficiency, and an even sharper look, the Audi RS3 is the first compact Audi saloon to bear the RS label.

Call into Audi Athlone on the Dublin Road or call (090 ) 6403000 for more details.

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