New Audi Q5 spotted in India, shares platform with Bentley Bentayga: Launch in 2018 - The Financial Express

New Audi Q5 spotted in India, shares platform with Bentley Bentayga: Launch in 2018

The 2017 Audi Q5 will be based on Audi's MLB Evo platform (Modular Longitudinal Matrix platform) and use of the lightweight material will help in reduction of overall weight of the SUV.

By: | Published: December 8, 2017 5:31 PM

The new generation Audi Q5 was first unveiled at the 2016 Paris Motor Show and will be heading to India for launch. In fact, it has been on test for a while now, and the recent pictures show that is it now ready to be officially introduced. Likely to launch in the first half of 2018, the new Q5 was snapped at a dealer yard by TeamBHP. It was first caught on camera in February. The 2017 Audi Q5 will be based on Audi's MLB Evo platform (Modular Longitudinal Matrix platform) and use of the lightweight material will help in reduction of overall weight of the SUV. This platform also underpins the Audi A4 and the Bentley Bentayga. The new Q5 is expected to be taller, wider and have a longer wheelbase which will offer more cabin space. The upcoming SUV will also get Audi's Virtual Cockpit with a 12.3-inch display, a new infotainment system with navigation, wireless charging, Android Auto, Apple Carplay and a Bang & Olufsen sound system.

A new hexagonal grille similar to the Audi family along with matrix LED headlamps with Daytime Running Lamps as well as LED tail lamps will mimic the design language followed by Audi for its new portfolio.

The five-seater SUV is expected to be powered by the same engine options, however, the company might introduce the new 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine that is witnessed doing duty in the A4 as well. This diesel engine is capable of producing 174 hp of power and 380 Nm of torque and will be mated to a 7-speed S-Tronic or an 8-speed Tiptronic gearbox. Audi has not disclosed any new engine options yet, a 2.0-litre TSI petrol unit may also be on offer when the car is launched in India.

The 2017 Audi Q5 is expected to be priced between Rs 52 lakh and Rs 60 lakh, ex-showroom and will compete with the likes of the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC and the Jaguar F-Pace.

Images: TeamBHP

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