2021 Audi Q5 flaunts new body and plug-in hybrid trim
MANILA: Audi’s 2021 Q5 lineup now includes a hybrid plug-in trim and brings to fore the German automaker’s new SUV design language, along with its latest OLED (organic light-emitting diode) lighting tech, and updated infotainment system.
Visible on the exterior is a thinner and wider octagonal Singleframe grille with taller side air intakes and trapezoidal inserts. The side sill is redesigned and the rear has a new trim element connecting the taillights and a new horizontal diffuser insert.
The 45 TFSI trim comes standard with the Advanced line exterior which includes vertical chrome strips in the grille and silver accents in the front and rear bumpers.
On the PHEV (plug-in hybrid) model is the S line exterior that comes with a sportier honeycomb structure in the Singleframe grille and a more aggressive front and rear diffuser design.
A black optic package is available on the SQ5. It comes with matte black roof rails, high-gloss black exterior mirror housings and black exterior accents along with 20-inch, five-V-spoke-star design wheels in bi-color finish with summer tires (all-season 20-inch tires are optional).
There’s a Sport plus package available for the Q5 PHEV with adaptive air suspension, 20-inch, 10-spoke-star design wheels in platinum finish with summer tires, front sport seats, S line leather/Dinamica seats, black headliner, and brushed aluminum inlays.
All 2021 models will come standard with LED headlights with DRLs (daytime running lamps), and LED taillights with dynamic turn signals. Top-of-the-line models will use matrix-design LED headlamps.
SQ5 models will have OLED lighting technology. On the taillights of the SQ5, it is split into three tiles of six segments each.
The 10.1-inch touchscreen in the cabin uses the all-new modular infotainment system 3 that’s faster and comes with higher graphical resolution. There’s new walnut wood inlays and electronic steering column adjustment is standard on the SQ5.
On the second-generation virtual cockpit is a 12.3-inch display with 1920 x 720 pixels. Viewing modes include classic, sport, and dynamic.
There’s a 13hp increase for the 2.0-liter TFSI engine in addition to a 12v mild-hybrid system. Combined output is 261hp and 370Nm of torque.
The PHEV also uses a 2.0-liter TFSI engine with an electric motor and puts out a combined 362hp and 500Nm of torque.
Both use a seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch transmission and quattro all-wheel drive.
The SQ5 has a 3.0-liter TFSI V6 engine with 349hp and 500Nm of torque. It is mated to an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission. It is equipped with adaptive dampers and offers an available air suspension which allows for adjustment of the ride height in addition to the firmness of the dampers, controllable via the standard Audi drive select.
Driver assistance systems include Audi side assist, lane departure warning, Audi pre-sense rear, parking system plus, rear cross-traffic assist, adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, and top-view camera system.
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