Audi has unveiled the 2013 Q5 model. The changes seem to be relatively minor, but the update is appreciated nonetheless.
While on the outside there isn’t much to mention, there are numerous changes under the skin including a revised engine lineup that now features a hybrid option.
The Q5 Hybrid’s closest rival would be the Lexus RX 450h, though the RX is a half-size bigger than the Audi. The Lexus RX uses a 3.5-liter V-6 as its main source of propulsion, but the Audi’s hybrid equation starts instead with a four — propulsive power is supplied by a 2.0 TFSI with 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).
Together, the two power sources can briefly output a system power of 180 kW (245 hp) and a system torque of 480 Nm (354.03 lb-ft).
The hybrid can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 7.1 seconds and can reach a top speed of 225 km/h (139.81 mph). In pure electric mode, it can cover up to three kilometers (1.86 miles) at a constant speed of 60 km/h (37.28 mph).
There are five new or upgraded diesel and petrol engines, all featuring stop-start as standard.
A new 2.0 TSI petrol develops 222bhp – 14bhp more than the engine it replaces. Average fuel economy is 2.3mpg better at 34.9mpg.
A supercharged 3.0 TFSI V6 engine replaces the previous naturally aspirated 3.2. It develops 268bhp – a 2bhp increase – yet average fuel economy is improved by 2.8mpg at 33.2mpg.
In the U.S. the 2013 Q5 lineup should still feature a turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the base option but a new supercharged V-6 as the range-topper. A petrol SQ5 is also rumored for markets including the US and China.