Audi revealed the updated Q5 crossover, and while it is supposed to be the face-lifted Q5, there’s been more technical changes than there is visual. You get some new LED lamps, gloss-black accents, revised rear diffuser unit, plus some new chrome and steel detailing, and that’s about it for the exterior. Inside the cabin they have fine-tuned the ergonomics, especially around the MMI navigation system.
It’s under the bonnet, however, where things get interesting. The new Q5 gets a hybrid variant, a first for Audi, with a 2.0 TFSI engine developing 155 kW (211 hp) and 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft) of torque as well as an electric motor with a peak output of 40 kW (54 hp) and peak torque of 210 Nm (154.89 lb-ft).
That means the output of a V6 – 180 kW (245 hp) and a system torque of 480 Nm (354.03 lb-ft) – with fuel consumption of a four-banger – 6.9 liters per 100 km (34.09 US mpg). The hybrid Q5 also offers three kilometers (1.86 miles) of pure electric driving at a constant speed of 60 km/h (37.28 mph).
Other engines in the range include three TDI and two TFSI engines. Teh most frugal 2.0 liter TDI offers with 105 kW (143 hp) and 320 Nm (236.02 lb-ft) of torque, and an average fuel consumption of 5.3 liters of diesel per 100 km (44.38 US mpg) – and a CO2 equivalent of 139 grams per km (223.70 g/mile).
The 130 kW (177 hp) and 380 Nm (280.27 lb-ft) of torque version of the same engine (with S tronic and quattro drive) has a fuel consumption value of 6.0 liters per 100 km (39.20 US mpg). The 3.0 TDI delivers 180 kW (245 hp) and 580 Nm (427.79 lb-ft) of torque. Its combined fuel consumption is just 6.4 liters of fuel per 100 km (36.75 US mpg).
As for the petrol engines, The new 2.0 TFSI outputs 165 kW (225 hp) and 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft). Its fuel consumption (with a manual transmission) is 7.6 liters per 100 km (30.95 US mpg). Producing even more power is the new 3.0 TFSI – the three-liter V6 with supercharging, which replaces the 3.2-liter engine. This engine outputs 200 kW (272 hp) of power and 400 Nm (295.02 lb-ft) of torque. Key performance data: zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.9 seconds, top speed 234 km/h (145.40 mph), combined fuel consumption of 8.5 liters per 100 km (27.67 US mpg).
2013 Audi Q5 goes on sale in summer, with prices starting from 39,900 euros, only 150 euros more than the outgoing model.