Published on October 17th, 2012 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
New generation Audi Q5 opens for bookings today from RM328,000 OTR
Euromobil Sdn. Bhd. official importer of Audi in Malaysia today announces the arrival of the new generation Audi Q5. The popular mid-size SUV will debut on Malaysian roads by end of October. Combining subtle styling revisions and equipment enhancements with power increases and economy gains of up to 7 percent, the remodelled range is available to order now priced from RM328,000 OTR.
Only one engine variant will be introduced in the market – 2.0 TFSI® combines direct fuel injection with forced induction boasts 225hp and 350Nm (an increase of 7% in power compared to its predecessor) with start-stop system, new electromechanical steering and suspension revisions. The advanced new 2.0-litre TFSI® employs innovations incorporating the control system for its valves and their stroke, innovative thermal management, fuel injection system, turbocharger and the integration of the exhaust manifold in its cylinder head are all new developments, all contributing to greater efficiency figures of 7.9l/100kms (7% more efficient than its predecessor) Equipped with the eight-speed tiptronic, it powers the Q5 from zero to 100km/h in 7.1 seconds on the way to a top speed of 222km/h.
The transmissions are integrated in the innovative thermal management system, whereby it significantly shortens the warm-up phase after a cold start. It has wide gear spreads – the long gear ratios in the upper gears reduce fuel consumption, while the short gear ratios of the lower gears optimise in-gear response. The quattro® permanent all-wheel drive system comes as standard. Normally, its centre differential distributes engine power to the axles at a ratio of 40:60 in favour of the rear, but it can rapidly redistribute the power at high speed when necessary. The torque vectoring system further enhances the feeling of reassurance and control it imparts with finely tuned brake interventions.The chassis of the Audi Q5 – with its five-link front and trapezoidal-link rear set-up – adds new refinement and comfort thanks to changes to the spring, shock absorber and anti-roll bar settings. The new electro-mechanical power steering system gives the driver a better feel for the road with direct gearing. The system – which adjusts its power assist to vehicle speed – does not consume any energy when the steering is in the straight-ahead position, helping to further reduce fuel consumption.
The Q5 driving experience is further enhanced with Audi drive select system. It lets the driver vary the operating characteristics of the throttle pedal, the shift points of the automatic transmission, the degree of power steering assistance and the operation of the automatic air conditioning system via four modes, including an efficiency mode. When an Audi navigation system is fitted, a fifth ‘individual’ mode is added that is largely user-programmable.The Audi Q5 also performs very well on rugged terrain. Its maximum climbing angle is 31 degrees. The vehicle’s approach and departure angles are each 25 degrees, while its ramp angle is 17 degrees. The vehicle’s ground clearance measures 20 cm.
The much admired styling of the Q5, with its coupe-like roof line and wrap-around tailgate, has been subtly refreshed in this latest generation model. The design of the headlights has been modified with LED daytime running lights forming a strip. The horizontal lines of the Q5’s front end are emphasized more strongly. The high-gloss black single frame grille has bevelled upper edges; its vertical chrome struts and the Audi rings have a sculpted look. The modified bumpers integrate air inlets with high- gloss black inserts and fog lights with chrome rings. The xenon plus tail lights also incorporate visually uniform LED light strip. The diffuser insert and the tailpipes that taper at the bottom have been redesigned. The bonnet and tailgate are crafted from aluminium, while a large share of the car’s structural elements integrate ultra-high-strength steels; they reduce weight and improve crash safety, with kerb weight of the base 1,755 kg.
The interior of the Audi Q5 has also been subject to understated refinement. More of the controls are now trimmed in chrome, and modifications have been made to the steering column control stalks, the ignition key and the instruments. The narrow panels of the centre console are now finished in high- gloss black, and the steering wheels now feature the latest Q-specific design.
The ergonomics have also been fine-tuned. The optional central media component, MMI navigation plus, now has fewer buttons, and its volume dial has an additional skip function. Other refinements have been made to the new highly efficient air conditioning system, the Audi drive select system and the multifunction steering wheel. The Driver’s Information System with its new rest recommendation function is another revised feature that is fitted as standard. If the system detects that the driver’s attentiveness is waning – based on steering wheel movements and other parameters – it recommends that the driver takes a break from driving.
At the top end, Euromobil offers the sporty S line exterior package at RM36,000 combining exterior and interior styling hallmarks with front and rear bumpers, side radiator grilles and diffuser insert in a striking and sporty design. As before, the Q5’s cabin offers ample interior space thanks to the long wheelbase of 2.81 metres. The seatback angles can be adjusted on the rear seats. When these seats are folded – which is very easy using the remote seatback unlatching feature, the cargo capacity increases from 540 to 1,560 litres. By folding the front passenger seat back and the rear bench seat plus, it offers ten centimetres of longitudinal adjustment together with a through-load facility and an integral armrest. The Audi Q5 is also a powerful towing vehicle with up to 2.4 metric tons of trailer load, depending on the engine and hill incline. Orders are being taken today with deliveries scheduled for end of October.
Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI® quattro®
Engine : 4-cylinder in-line petrol engine with direct fuel injection, exhaust gas turbocharging
Displacement (cc) : 1,984
Max output (bhp/rpm) : 225 /4,500 – 6,250
Max torque (Nm/rpm) : 350/1,500-4,500
Transmission 8-speed Tiptronic
Wheels & Tyres : Cast aluminium wheels in 5-V-spoke design 235/60/R18
Acceleration (0-100 km/h) : 7.1 seconds
Top speed (km/h) : 222km/h
Fuel consumption (combined) : 7.9l/100km