The lighter and longer second-generation Audi Q5 is based on VW Group's MLB EVO platform and is expected to be launched before the end of this year
The second-generation Audi Q5 has been spotted in the country ahead of its expected launch by the end of this year. Although Audi India’s website still displays the current Q5, it no longer tells you the cost of the SUV. This could indicate that the new model might be launched here sooner than expected. The second-generation of the SUV made its world debut in October last year at the Paris Motor Show.
The new Audi Q5 is based on VW Group’s MLB EVO (Modular Longitudinal Matrix) platform that made its debut with the second-gen Audi Q7. Courtesy of the new platform, the second-gen Q5 is up to 90kg lighter than the first-gen model. The MLB EVO is the second iteration of the previous MLB platform. Apart from the Q7, the Q5 share this new platform with the current A4, the recently launched A5 and its brethren, the new Audi A7 Sportback, and the upcoming fourth-gen Audi A8.
|Second-gen Q5||First-gen Q5||Difference|
Mechanically, the India-spec model is expected to be powered by the 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine and the 2.0-litre TFSI petrol motor. In global markets, the Q5 is available in three states of tune of the 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine (India-spec model is likely to get the most powerful tune), while the 2.0-litre TFSI is available in a single state of tune. Both the engines are mated to a 7-speed S-Tronic (dual-clutch) automatic transmission with Audi’s Quattro AWD (All-Wheel-Drive) setup as standard.
|Second-gen Audi Q5||Diesel||Petrol|
|Engine||2.0-litre TDI||2.0-litre TFSI|
|Max Power||190PS @ 3800 - 4200rpm||252PS @ 5000 - 6000rpm|
|Peak Torque||400Nm @ 1750 - 3000rpm||370Nm @ 1600 - 4500rpm|
|Transmission||7-speed dual-clutch auto||7-speed dual-clutch auto|
The Audi Q5 has been on sale in Europe and other major markets since early this year. The new Q5 is being built at Audi’s newly constructed manufacturing plant in Mexico. When Audi launches the new Q5 in India, expect the German carmaker to continue assembling the SUV at its Aurangabad facility in Maharashtra. The second-generation of the Audi Q5 is likely to be priced in the same range as the current version of the SUV.
Check out the Audi Q5 in detail, including its evolved styling and new interior, here: Paris Motor Show: Audi Unveils 2017 Q5
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