The Second Generation of The Audi Q5 and SQ5 Arrives in the Middle East
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Audi is known for its versatile cars and is much-loved engines that makes you addicted towards themselves. The new Q5 and SQ5 are now available in the Middle East markets. They are SUV’s with the four rings combines the sportiness of an Audi sedan with a multifaceted character of an SUV and a highly flexible interior. The latest Audi SUVs take a sporty and taut stance on the roads. A sculpturally flared Singleframe grille with a solid frame dominates its aerodynamically flat front end. This available with headlights that are either in LED or high-resolution Matrix LED technology with dynamic turn lights.
Performance At Its Best
Structure to the side view is provided by the distinctively curved and strongly undercut shoulder line. The strongly emphasized wheel arches are a reference to the Quattro permanent all-wheel-drive system. The tail lights are also available with optional dynamic turn signals. A typical feature of the Q models from Audi is repeated which is the C-pillars wrap around the tailgate. A diffuser insert integrates the exhaust tailpipes.
Base, sport, and design the three newly configured equipment lines are available, in addition to, the S line sports package, design selection, and the S line exterior package. They influence the overall appearance. The design line is pretty different as the contrasting grey add-on parts amplify the rough character of the new SUV, while the sports equipment line of the Audi Q5 has parts fully painted in the exterior color.
Lighter than Before
Better and upgraded than before, the new Audi Q5/SQ5 is refreshed in nearly all of its dimensions. A huge amount of the unladen weight was reduced by up to 90 kg. An intelligent material mix in the body has been done in the body using steels with maximum tensile strength and aluminium.
The new Q5 is on the top of its class in a matter of aerodynamics. The four-cylinder versions attain a cd figure of 0.30 with the aerodynamically optimized roof. The new SUV from Audi indulges the driver and passengers with the best interior acoustics in its class with wind noises are exceptionally low, and vibration comfort high.
Spacious and wide: the interior
The car has enough space for five people and it better than the previous model and its competitors in key dimensions. Running across the entire width of the instrument panel is the car’s horizontally oriented lines that underscore the impression of width and comfort, and a three-dimensional trim strip. The new equipment lines concept offers customers a broad selection of colours and materials.
The rear seat back of the new Audi Q5 is split into three segments. Longitudinal and seat back angle adjustment are optional. The cargo space has been increased as 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. Folding the rear seats the volume grows to 1,550 litres. 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 have simplified the cargo loading.
Simply coherent: controls and displays
The new Audi SUV is intelligent and is marked by three great new features. Amazingly interactive virtual cockpit in the Audi (optional for Q5, standard for SQ5) presents brilliant graphics on its high-resolution 12.3-inch screen. The driver has an option of two views that are 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. The high-end infotainment system has the MMI navigation plus with MMI touch and an 8.3-inch display, a touchpad is integrated into the rotary pushbutton.
Advanced features like the intelligent free-text search are offered by the MMI operating logic as it is based on the flat hierarchies used in today’s smartphones. The multifunction steering wheel plus Serves as an additional third operating level in the new Audi Q5 and SQ5. Projecting the relevant information onto the windshield, including from driver assistance systems, as symbols and numbers that can be perceived quickly.
Betterment in the Infotainment Modules
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. Also introduced are the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto by the Audi smartphone interface into the new Q5 model range.
Driver assistance and safety systems
The new Audi Q5 and SQ5 also are at the top in its segment with its driver assistance systems offering a range of high-tech options. In their intelligent interplay, the systems represent the next step towards piloted driving. They are offered in one package – “City assist with Parking assist”
The new features that perform excellently in pursuit of safety are the Cross traffic assist rear, the exit warning system, collision avoidance assists and turn assist. Park assist and hill descent assist to complete the new features offered.
Powerful: TFSI engine
The new Audi Q5 and SQ5 combine ample power with efficiency and are launching in the Middle East with one powerful and efficient engine variant each.
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.
The new Audi SQ5 3.0 TFSI delivers a performance of 354 hp as it is the sportiest model of the Q5 model series. The turbocharged aluminium engine delivers a constant 500 Nm of torque from 1,370 to 4,500 rpm. The performance from zero to 100 km/h is acquired 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 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres – a CO2 equivalent of 189 grams per kilometre.
The turbocharger operates according to the twin-scroll principle as it is replacing the mechanical compressor of the previous engine of the SQ5. 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. The outcome of this technology is that it 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. To get the 3.0 TFSI to respond spontaneously and directly, this arrangement enables compact construction and minimal flow losses.
Versatile and efficient: drivetrain
The automatic transmission integrates a fuel-saving freewheel function as the drivetrain of the mid-size SUV has been redeveloped from the ground up. The driver has two options to control 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 rear-axle drive is disengaged and re-engaged depending on the needs with the help of 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. A dynamic, precise and controllable driving experience is delivered by the intelligent software solution.
The new Audi Q5 model range is sporty while being extremely comfortable as a result it enables handling that combines very different strengths. Creating the basis for this are the newly developed five-link suspensions and also the new electromechanical power steering system.
Customers can choose from two extension stages of springs and damping. A widespread between comfort and dynamics is offered by the chassis with damper control, which the driver can select via Audi drive select. The new adaptive air suspension can be used to vary the ride height of the car body over five stages, along with adjusting damper control.
Audi drive select, in the standard system, which accesses various technical modules, the driver can select one of as many as seven driving modes. The off-road character of the Audi Q5 is emphasised optimally by the two new modes lift/off road and all road.
Wheels give a sporty edge in the design and sport equipment lines Q5 come with 18-inch wheels (base: 17-inch), and the S line sports 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.
Handling of the SQ5
For the Audi SQ5, a fast and smooth-shifting eight-speed Tiptronic transmits the power in the new Audi SQ5. The gears play a crucial role in the performance of the car as the lower gears feature short, sporty ratios, whereas the upper gears are long so as to reduce the engine speed and fuel consumption. 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, provided that the function is activated in Audi drive select, 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. The software function slightly brakes the inside wheels during the dynamic cornering. The car is very smooth as it turns itself into the curve pretty slightly. The turn-in behaviour stays neutral longer, making the handling stable, precise and agile.
The new Audi SQ5 has sporty handling qualities that rest on a suspension system with five-link axles at the front and rear. Greater stability at the limit along with increased agility with significantly improved comfort is provided by the complex design. A particularly widespread between comfort and dynamics is featured on the standard damper control. Integrated into the Audi drive select system along with the engine, steering, Tiptronic and optional sports differential is the adaptive CDC dampers (continuous damping control).
The new electromechanical power steering adjustment is also an important contribution to the driving dynamics of the SQ5. The dynamic steering is optionally available, which varies its ratio depending on the speed and steering angle.
The price range for Audi Q5 is 183,900 AED and for Audi SQ5 is 249,000 AED. Manufactured at a newly constructed plant in Mexico, the new Audi Q5 model range is now available at all Audi dealerships in the Middle East.