The second-generation evolution of the Q5 crossover has received its world premiere during the Paris Motor Show – and we’re only glad the saga-long teaser campaign has finally reached its intended destination.
While the new Q5 is Audi-esque designed – meaning it has an overly familiar feel while still being brand new – the second generation is up to 198 pounds (90 kilograms) lighter than its predecessor, with important technical and hardware upgrades to discuss. While lighter, the Q5 is actually larger now, and comes with a more aerodynamic body, which when discussing the our-cylinder models with the aero-optimized roof has a drag coefficient of 0.30. It’s 4.66 meters (15.3 ft) long, 1.89 meters (6.2 ft) wide and 1.66 meters (5.4 ft) tall with a 2.82 meter (9.3 ft) wheelbase – so the interior is now roomier. Trunk space has gone up by 10 liters and now stands at 550 to 610 liters (19.4 to 21.5 cu ft), depending on the rear seats – folding them will increase stowage capacity to 1,550 liters (54.7 cu ft).
The design is once again another small step on the safe path, with cues inspired by the larger Q7 – and the same applies to the interior where Audi has adopted its digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster – but only as an option. Using the exact same MLB Evo platform as the latest A4 and A5 models, the Q5 shares the powertrains as well. The European spec Q5 will be available with a 2.0 TFSI unit packing 252 horsepower (185 kilowatts). Meanwhile the TDI options are three from the same 2.0-liter: 150 hp (110 kW), 163 hp (120 kW), and 190 hp (140 kW).
There’s even a meaty six-cylinder 3.0-liter TDI delivering 286 hp (210 kW) and 457 pound-feet (620 Newton-meters) of torque. Gearbox options include a six-speed manual, a seven-speed S tronic, and an eight-speed tiptronic but all of the powertrains are linked to a standard Quattro all-wheel-drive system (save for the base diesel). The Q5 has the option of adding an adaptive air suspension, or dynamic steering but even the base option rides on 17-inch wheels.
You can also select the S Line sport package or the Audi Design Selection and the Q5 will pack 19 inch sets – or you can go crazy and fit the crossover with 21 inch wheels. The Q5 is not being built in Ingolstadt anymore, but in Mexico at the new San José Chiapa assembly facility. European market sales will kick off early 2017 and prices in Germany start from €45,100.