Saturday, April 19, 2008

Audi Q5 - soon to be released

The latest small S.U.V. to enter the market is from Audi's new "Q" range, - the Q5.
Baby brother to Audi's Q9, the Audi Q5 will compete head on with the BMW X3 for sales in the small luxury S.U.V. market.
Although the Q5 can be tagged an "s.u.v" the chassis is based upon the volkswagen/audi MLP platform, used in the Volkswagen Passat, and new Audi A4 models. This allows the Q5 range to offer the same engines as Audi's A4, but the Q5 will be released with just 1 petrol engine, and 2 diesel engines to chose from - which are mounted longitudinally [front to back], which disperses rumors that the small design would feature a transversally mounted engine, such as in the Audi A4 range/VW Golf. Power is transmitted to the wheels via an all new 7-speed, dual clutch DSG which has been so successful in previous incarnations in the Audi A4, A3, Volkswagen Golf and Passat ranges.
Features include; Bi-xenon lamps, and LED taillights, and LED daytime running lights as seen on the R8 and the all-new A4.
Exterior trim can be selected from standard black trim, to a contrasting colour or a colour coded matching trim. Even further available is the choice of an "S-line" body package, including exterior and interior panels, as well as wheels - or an off road package is available with underbody protection plates front and back. wheels can be optioned from the standard 17 inch forged wheels, to 20 inch rims from the factory.

The sole petrol engine produced in the Q5 is the 2.0-liter TFSi, which has been offered of late in the Audi A3 and A4 range for the Q5 it has been re-worked to produce a maximum of 211 hp [155 kW] and 258 lb-ft [350 Nm] of torque available from 1500 to 4200 rpm, and will take the small luxury offroader from 0 to 62 mph [100 km/h] in just 7.2 seconds on its way to a top speed of 137.94 mph [222 km/h]. Fuel consumption is just 8.5 liters per 100 km [27.67 mpg] - which is diesel like economy, from a turbo-petrol engine.
The Turbo Diesel variants begin with the 2.0 liter, 170 hp [125kw] and 258 lb-ft [350 Nm], which is naturally slower than the petrol 2.0 TFSi, but delivers better economy at 6.7 liters/100kms [35.11 mpg]
The flagship engine available is the 3.0 liter TDi V6 producing 240 hp (176 kW) and a massive amount of torque for a 3.0 liter at 500 Nm [368.78 lb-ft] available at just 1,500 rpm. This turbo diesel will take the new Audi Q5 from 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds, onto a top speed of 225 kph [139.81 mph] and will also deliver fuel economy of just 7.7 liters per 100 kilometers [30.55 mpg]


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