The prominent Audi brand has lifted veil off its new Q5 SUV, offering better design and latest high-tech features. Part of the new things we should be on the lookout for will also apply to SQ5 performance model and plug-in hybrid version. There is presence of features such as latest LED taillights, headlights and dynamic turn signal (rear), giving this 2021 Audi Q5 SUV a unique and tasteful look.
2021 Audi Q5 exterior design
In case the buyers are interested in getting the LED headlamps (optional), there is availability of headlights with distinctive turn signal. The 2021 Q5 also comes with more heightened side air intakes with sharp trapezoidal insert as well as wider and thinner octagonal SingleFrame grille. The company has also redesigned its side sills while new trim element is now offered on its rear end, linking the taillights and newly fitted horizontal diffuser insert.
For the SQ5 and Q5 PHEV variants, the carmaker will be introducing 2 new colours – Ultra Blue and District Green. Another new feature is the choice of different wheels such as 18-inch wheel on standard model and 21-inch wheel to be offered on SQ5.
The advanced line exterior as standard feature on the Q5 45 TFSI variant is expected to add silver accents on the bumpers in the front and back of the car, with the grille featuring vertical chrome strips. The S line exterior will be a standard on the plug-in hybrid Q5, which promises more aggressive rear and front diffuser design as well as sharper honeycomb structure.
When it comes to the range-topper variant of this 2021 Audi Q5, new added features will include matte black roof from its black optic package, black exterior accents, 20-inch 5-V-spoke-star wheels (bi-colour finish) and high-gloss black mirror caps.
2021 Audi Q5 interior design
On its interior design, the newly upgraded 2021 Audi Q5 offers MM1 touchscreen (10 inches) with latest MIB 3 infotainment system, which can be easily paired with new 12-inch Audi virtual cockpit and instrument cluster. The smartphone interface is standard on this new 2021 Audi Q5, giving wireless access to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The new model will offer customers in Canada and US the Integrated Toll Module (ITM) on every model they buy.
The inside also gets leather upholstery with contrast stitching as well as new walnut wood inlay. High-gloss cabin trim element comes as standard. The SQ5 variant will also enjoy the availability of electronic steering column adjustment as standard. Other exciting standard and optional features will include 19 speakers, 16-channel amplifier and 705-watt Bang and Olufsen sound system.
For the powertrains found on this 2021 Audi Q5, the model designated for the US will offer standard TFSI turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine with an additional 13 hp and mild-hybrid system of 12-volt, hereby generating up to 261 horsepower and 273 pound feet of torque. The powertrain can easily accelerate from a standpoint of zero to 60 mph in 5.7 secs. This is 0.2 secs improvement on the earlier engine.
For the plug-in hybrid variant, its comes equipped with Quattro-e 55 TFSI engine with a combination of electric motor and turbo-4 2.0-liter engine, producing a combined output of 362 horsepower and 369 pound feet of torque. It takes this PHEV 5 seconds to sprint from zero to 60 mph. this impressive performance is possible due to the presence of Quattro AWD and 7-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission (standard).
For the SQ5 variant in North America generally will offer TFSI 3-0-liter V6 engine with an output of 349 horsepower and 369 pound feet of torque. It will take this particular model 4.7 sec to sprint from zero to 60 mph.
So far, Audi has only revealed a single powertrain for those in Europe, which is the 40 TDI Quattro. This badged powertrain will offer turbo-diesel 2.0-liter engine with an output of 201 horsepower and 295 pound feet of torque, which will be duly assisted by the mild hybrid system (12 volts).
Safety and drive features
For the driving and safety features, the 2021 Audi Q5 models will enjoy highly welcomed standard advanced driver assistance features such as Lane departure warning, Audi side assist, Parking system plus, Audi pre-sense rear, Rear cross traffic assist, adaptive cruise control, Top view cameral system and Traffic Jam assist.
Pricing and launch date
For the base model of the US-spec of the 2021 Q5 45 TFSI Quattro (premium trim), it will go for $43,300 while the SQ5 will be sold without options for $62,500, for the Prestige trim. For those in Germany, Audi will be selling the 40 TDI Quattro for a base price of $54,940. The newly upgraded 2021 Audi Q5 models are expected to enter the global auto markets by fall this year.