After nine years of waiting, a new generation of Q5 is finally unveiled at 2016 Paris Motor Show. Although over that span, Q5 did receive a facelift in 2012 and numerous upgrades, it’s really time for a new one. But is it that new when it comes to design. Well, no. Many have mistaken 2018 Audi Q5 for a facelift of the outgoing one, and they had a reason to believe so. Side profile and design of the rear end looks almost identical to the current Q5. But viewed from the front you can see new grille, which is inspired by Q7. Not only that, designers also redesigned LED headlights and front fenders that flow into the hood perfectly. All in all, even with not so much changes on the inside 2018 Audi Q5 received much needed fresh look.
2018 Audi Q5 – New Platform
The more important thing when it comes to this new luxury SUV is that it lost more than a few pounds. Thanks to the new platform which is shared with both A4 and A5, 2018 Audi Q5 lost 198 pounds. Besides that, this model has a longer wheelbase for only a half inch. And overall length is also longer for 1.3 inches. That might not be something, but “all that extra space” has gone to the bigger legroom in the back seat; a modest increase of 0.4 inches. Audi also claims that it managed to increase luggage space as well.
2018 Audi Q5 – Interior
It really isn’t necessary to describe the interior of this four-ringed brand. The layout is typical Audi style. The quality of materials and build are on the highest level possible. As standard comes analog gauge cluster, but with extra money, buyers can opt for 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit LCD screen. Also optional on the center of the dashboard, there is 8.3-inch infotainment touchscreen display and MMI touch. It can recognize handwriting and common hand gestures, such as pinching for zooming. In other words like your everyday use of smartphone or tablet.
2018 Audi Q5 – Powertrain
When speaking about the powertrain, it isn’t necessary to mention that 2018 Audi Q5 will offer several options worldwide. And that’s because the U.S. market will have an only single choice. And that’s 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. It produces 252 horsepower and 272 lb-ft of torque. This engine comes with the seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. Power is sent to all four wheels via Audi’s Quattro Ultra AWD system. That dual-clutch is setup in a way that allows the Q5 to disengage drive on the rear wheels when it’s not needed to save fuel. That’s all nice but what about those who want more power below the hood. Well, although the only option for U.S market is mentioned 2.0-liter, SQ5 will also debut alongside Q5. So the same as S4 and S5 this higher powered model will come with 3.0-liter V6 engine which produces 354 horsepower.
Let’s before the end mention (for those which safety is number one concern) that Audi Q5 in 2015 and 2016 received Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS. In other words, we expect this trend to continue.
2018 Audi Q5 – Possible Price
Porsche Macan, Jaguar F-Pace, BMW X3, Cadillac XT5 are some of the main rivals of the Q5. We will have to wait a little bit more for the pricing options but expect them somewhat before the middle of 2017 when 2018 Audi Q5 will hit the dealerships. But if we took all into consideration, the price of the new model shouldn’t be much higher than current’s $41.850. Some even say that price could go lower since the assembly of the new Q5 is located in San Jose Chiapa, Mexico.