Audi has announced U.S. market Q5 pricing on the eve of the vehicle's on-sale date, as well as releasing EPA fuel economy data.

The Audi Q5 sport crossover is scheduled to begin arriving in U.S. dealerships next week, and pricing details have finally been released for the much-anticipated BMW X3 competitor. The starting MSRP for the Audi Q5 Premium, the base model, is $37,200, plus $825 destination/delivery/tax. The Premium Plus starts at $41,500, and the range-topping Q5 Prestige comes in at $48,200.

Based on the A4 platform, the Q5 is a sporty, long-wheelbase crossover vehicle. Wider and longer than the A4, the Q5 has short overhangs front and rear for a measure of off-road ability. Fuel economy is respectable, at 18 in the city and 23 on the highway, for a 20mpg combined EPA rating. The Q5 also has a 4400-pound towing capacity, giving it more capability than many of its rivals.

Standard equipment on the Q5 will include LED taillights, three-zone climate control, a Bang & Olufsen sound system and Audi's Drive Select system. The third generation of Audi's Multi-Media Interface (MMI) system is available, offering a wider range of features, better graphics and a new joystick-type interface.

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