Last weekend, at the Bejing Auto Show, the new Audi Q5 made its world debut. The new crossover from Audi will have a tough competition, in a market where Mercedes Benz also presented the new GLK and the BMW already has the X3. However, Audi made the Q5 sportier than the competition, the car measuring 4.63 meters (15.19 feet) in length, 1.88 meters (6.17 feet) in width and 1.65 meters (5.41 feet) in height.
With its sporty elegance and artfully sculpted forms, the design of the Q5 is perfectly in tune with the character of Audi as a brand. The front end is dominated by expressive headlights on both sides of the large single-frame grille; on request, they can be outfitted with bi-xenon lamps and LED daytime running lights. Viewed from the side, the large wheels and rising edges are especially prominent features.
The sporty look is completed by the large front single-frame grille, the bi-xenon lamps and the LED daytime running lights and, at the rear, the aluminum wraparound tailgate and the taillights which are also available in LED technology. Audi offers three different options for the external trim of the Q5 – black (standard), contrasting color or full paint finish in the color of the car, and two body packages are available as well: the S line exterior package and the alternative off-road style package with underbody protection in the front and back and 19-inch wheels.
Audi Q5 will be available with three engine choices, one petrol and two diesel engines, all turbocharged. The four-cylinder 2.0 TFSI has been entirely redesigned and develops 155 kw (211 hp) and peak torque of 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft). Fitted with this engine, the Q5 sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.2 seconds, reaching a top speed of 222 km/h (137.94 mph), while having a fuel consumption of 8.5 liters per 100 km (27.67 mpg).
The first diesel option is the 2.0 TDI, which produces 125 kW (170 hp) and peak torque of 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft) and takes the Audi Q5 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 9.5 seconds, peaking at a top speed of 204 km/h (126.76 mph) and having a fuel consumption of 6.7 liters per 100 km (35.11 mpg).
The top of the line is the 3.0 TDI V6 engine, which develops 176 kW (240 hp), with 500 Nm (368.78 lb-ft) of torque available between 1,500 and 3,000 rpm and it takes the Audi Q5 from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 6.5 seconds, accelerating to a top speed of 225 km/h (139.81 mph). On average, the three-liter engine consumes 7.7 liters of fuel per 100 km (30.55 mpg).
More details on the new Audi Q5 and a full photo gallery, after the jump.
Full Photo Gallery: The new Audi Q5