03 Sep Audi Q5 2013 SUV variant first official images revealed, Hybrid Q5
The Audi Q5 has received a mid-cycle refresh, with a series of subtle styling tweaks, an upgraded interior and a new range of petrol and diesel engines.
Set to go on sale in October following a Paris motor show launch, the facelifted version of the strong-selling SUV is distinguished by lightly revised bumpers, grille, headlamp graphics and tailpipes.
Inside, the dashboard and centre console are retained, but new trims aim to provide a higher-quality feel.
Chassis tweaks include new springs and dampers that are claimed to improve overall comfort levels. The steering has also been reworked, with an electro-mechanical system replacing the former hydraulic set-up.
There are five new or upgraded diesel and petrol engines, all featuring stop-start as standard. These include a revised 3.0 TDI V6 producing an extra 5bhp and 59lb ft at 242bhp and 428lb ft, and a 268bhp 3.0-litre V6. This replaces the old naturally aspirated 266bhp 3.2-litre V6 and features in the range-topping 3.0 TFSI model, which can crack 0-62mph in 5.9sec.
Also available is the Q5 Hybrid. It mates the Audi SUV’s older 208bhp 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor developing a peak of 53bhp. Together, they provide a system output of 242bhp, along with 354lb ft of torque.
Cosmetic changes were also kept to a minimum. The front fascia now sports a slightly revised grille, and the headlights feature newly designed LED daytime running lamps. Four new paint colors and new wheel designs complete the exterior changes. Inside, Audi has refreshed the steering wheel, HVAC knobs, infotainment system, and the Audi drive select system. The S line sport package remains available and includes a sport suspension, exclusive 19-inch wheels, sport seats, and a number of interior changes.