- Published: Wednesday, 05 July 2017 11:16
Second-gen Q5: Lighter, faster, 2.0-litre 252hp launch model, prices start at $240k with COE
SINGAPORE - The second-generation Audi Q5 was launched here in Singapore on June 28.
The car’s dimensions have grown (it’s 21mm longer, 10mm wider and 9mm taller than the first-gen Q5) but it’s 90kg lighter (at 1,720kg) than its 2009 predecessor. That’s down to it taking the next step in platform tech.
Like the bigger Q7, the new Q5 is underpinned by Volkswagen Group’s MLBevo (the German acronym for ‘modular longitudinal matrix’), which debuted with the last Audi Q7 and is also seen in the A4 sedan and A5 coupe.
The current engine offering here is a 252 horsepower, 2.0-litre TFSI engine allied with a new seven-speed S tronic transmission, with a launch price of $239,700 with COE.
This makes it marginally more expensive than key rivals, the BMW X3 xDrive20i and Mercedes-Benz GLC 250, but that’s expected of a brand-new model. The previous Q5 was a decent seller in Singapore, and the Audi claims it’s pre-sold more than 10 units of the new one in the run-up to the launch.
Only one Q5 variant is available in the Singapore market for now, with the high-performance 300-plus horsepower SQ5 on the horizon, but customers can choose an S line package with sport suspension and cosmetic upgrades for the exterior and interior.
It’s also equipped with a new version of Audi’s “quattro” all-wheel drive system. Branded “quattro with ultra technology”, under regular driving conditions it behaves like a front-wheel drive car, to save fuel, but it’s also adaptive, with the system monitoring conditions every 10ms, and engages all-wheel drive for optimum traction. The driving style and Audi Drive Select mode, as well as various other data points are all taken into account.
As expected of a new-generation car, the suspension has been completely redesigned. Our cars will get adaptive damper control, which should offer even better comfort and handling.
The launch saw 'edible art' installations from local pastry chef Janice Wong
In the styling department, the new Audi Q5 takes quite a fair bit from its ‘A’ siblings – with its front grille treatment being similar to the new A4 and A5 models. On the inside, naturally the new Q5 comes with the most updated of Audi’s technology; with a ‘virtual cockpit’ 12.3-inch active display, and 8.3-inch Audi Multimedia Interface (MMI) infotainment system. The latter’s navigation system includes a ‘personal route assist’ function - one that has already been implemented in the Q7 and A4.
Activate this function and the system studies the driver’s behaviour and driving patterns. On subsequent trips, the GPS will propose routes to suit the driver’s preferences and level of preferred comfort when on the road.