The 2018 Audi Q5 is based on the flexible MLB Evo platform and mimics the design of the larger Q7. The new SUV is lighter by a good 100 kg over the predecessor and has also grown in dimensions sporting a longer wheelbase and height.

Audi has launched the new generation of the Q5 in India and prices for the SUV start at ₹ 53.25 lakh.  The Q5 is available in two variants Premium Plus and Technology, the latter of which is priced at ₹ 57.60 lakh (both prices ex-showroom Delhi). This is the Ingolstadt-based manufacturer’s first launch of the year, and will replace the extremely popular current generation version which was first launched in India in 2011.The new Q5 will be assembled at the VW plant in Aurangabad.

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The 2018 Audi Q5 is based on the flexible MLB Evo platform and mimics the design of the larger Q7. The new SUV is lighter by a good 100 kg over the predecessor and has also grown in dimensions sporting a longer wheelbase and height. The design is sharper with cleaner lines on the Q5. There’s the new single-frame grille with Matrix LED headlamps and a sporty bonnet. The rear sports LED tail lights, a roof mounted spoiler and a new bumper with a rear diffuser.

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Upgrades are extensive on the inside as well with the second generation Audi Q5 getting a completely digital 12.3-inch instrument console. There’s another touchscreen infotainment system on the centre console while the car will also come with a Heads-up Display (HUD) system. It also comes with smartphone integration, intelligent voice dialogue system, wireless charging for Qi-enabled phones, 10GB worth storage space for your music, navigation, three-zone climate control, cruise control, leather upholstery and electrically adjustable leather seats along with matrix LED headlamps. The tailgate is electrically operated as well. There’s also the updated Audi MMI system, navigation with incorporated Google Earth and the Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system. The SUV will also come equipped with a host of electronic aids including adaptive cruise control, active lane assist, collision avoidance assist, pre-sense front and rear, park assist, blind spot warning and much more.

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The new Audi Q5 uses the same 2.0-litre TDI engine, which makes 187 bhp of max power at 3,800-4,000 rpm and 400 Nm at 1,750-3,000 rpm. The engine has been mated to a new 7-speed S tronic automatic transmission which gets dampers in the flywheel, making gearshifts even smoother even when driving aggressively. The car does 0-100 kmph sprint in 7.8 seconds (Impressive!) and has a top speed of 218 kmph. The ARAI claimed fuel efficiency is 17.01 kmpl, which is more than impressive for a mid-size luxury SUV.

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There are no plans of getting a petrol engine for the new Q5 in the near future. The company’s famed Quattro all-wheel drive system will be offered too. Since the Q5’s last outing, the premium midsized SUV segment is flooded with options and the new Q5 will be locking horns with a host of offerings including the Mercedes-Benz GLC, Land Rover Discovery Sport, BMW X3 as well as the newly launched Volvo XC60.

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