Unveiled: 2013 Audi Q5
Hot off the presses, information just dropped on the upcoming, facelifted 2013 Audi Q5 midsize SUV. The new Q5 will feature a myriad of engine choices, infotainment options and exterior design tweaks. However, the most important update will be the release of the Audi Q5 hybrid quattro, Audi’s first production hybrid model. For a company that has been so adamantly supportive of diesel over hybrid technology (the right choice if you ask me), this signals a significant change of direction.
The exterior of the Audi Q5 lineup will receive new LED daytime running lights that form a continuous, sideways “U” shape instead of the previous generations dot-matrix effect. Audi’s updated Singleframe® grille has been added and lower air inlets have chunkier fog lights with chrome ring surrounds. At the rear, basically just the taillights have been updated to carry through the LED “continuous line” design.
The old 3.2-liter V6 will be swapped out for the new supercharged 3.0T V6 that is shared with the Audi A6, A7 and upcoming A8 3.0T. Other engine options abound on European models, but it is unlikely that anything other than the previous 2.0T, 3.0T and Q5 hybrid will make it to US shores.
Interior changes consist mostly of chrome-trim styling tweaks along with an updated Audi MMI® that will integrate a bunch of Audi’s cool online functions. Wifi hotspot, Google Street View, Google search, traffic, news, weather...if the internet’s got it, you can access it! It looks like you will be able to option some active safety features like blind-spot monitoring and auto lane correction, thanks to the new electromechanical power steering.
The belle of the ball, the Audi Q5 hybrid quattro will utilize a 2.0-liter TFSI® four-banger with 211-hp that is encouraged by a 54-hp electric motor with peak torque of around 155 lb-ft. That nets brief burst of a combined 245 hp and 354 lb-ft. of torque, which can get the lux-ute to 62 mph in 7.1 seconds. Fuel efficiency is helped out by the eight-speed tiptronic® automatic transmission and can achieved a combined 34 mpg.
The Q5 hybrid exterior will feature fully painted bumpers, 19” ten-spoke “turbine” designed wheels and hybrid badging, to remind everyone you are saving fuel. All-in-all, this should make for a pretty stylish, luxurious ride that can make you feel a little better when you pay your gas card bill. Although, as the Q5 hybrid quattro’s name suggests, it will be an all-wheel drive hybrid, which is sort of like your date ordering a half salad for lunch and washing it down with a Big Gulp of regular Coke. No matter which way you cut it, there are some definite mixed messages.
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