Audi Q5 facelift unveiled

Marco Green
June 30, 2020

Audi has refreshed its Q5 SUV with a subtle redesign, an upgraded infotainment system and mild-hybrid engine technology in line with the recently updated A4 and Q7.

New exterior colours of "district green" and "ultra blue" (the latter available on S line models) join the colour palette.

This technology, already available on several other Audi models, allows for engine-off coasting and can activate the engine start-stop function at speeds below 13.7mph.

The 2021 Audi Q5 is 19mm longer than before, thanks to its new bumper designs. 20kg lighter than before, thanks to a new aluminium crankcase, the diesel motor also features a new twin-dosing SCR system that's said to significantly reduce nitrogen oxide emissions, while a new mild hybrid starter/generator system improves efficiency. Wheel sizes up to 21-inches can be optioned.

On the inside, the new Q5 gets a larger 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment head-unit with the updated MIB 3 system.

On that mention, Audi did provide more detailed information about the powertrains available for the U.S. market, starting with a 2.0 litre four-cylinder TFSI engine with a low-voltage mild hybrid system for the Q5 45 TFSI quattro, which makes 14 PS (13 hp) more than before at 265 PS (261 hp), with torque unchanged at 370 Nm. The Audi smartphone interface comes standard, providing access to wireless Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto for compatible devices.

Ingolstadt-based premium carmaker Audi has just taken the wraps off the 2021 Audi Q5 facelift that is bound to eventually go on sale in our market.

The cabin also gains new walnut wood inlays and leather upholstery with contrast stitching, as well as standard high-gloss black interior trim elements. A head-up display is also available as an option.

These include a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel four-cylinder producing 150kW/400Nm in 40 TDI trim, a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder outputting 183kW/370Nm in 45 TFSI trim and a 3.0-litre turbocharged diesel six-cylinder that makes 210kW/610Nm in 50 TDI trim. As a result, the 0-60 miles per hour (0-96 km/h) sprint is improved by 0.2 seconds to 5.7 seconds. The mill provides 204 PS (201 hp) and 400 Nm of torque and is paired with a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission as well as a quattro all-wheel drive system.

A third option for the U.S. is the performance-focused SQ5, which is powered by 3.0 litre turbocharged V6 TFSI developing 353 PS (349 hp) and 500 Nm, paired with an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic and all-wheel drive. The 0-60 miles per hour sprint is now dispatched in 4.7 seconds, 0.4 seconds quicker than the 2020 model. The Audi Q5 will come to markets later this year.

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