Audi Q5 TDI to join U.S. lineup in 2014

Article by Christian A., on July 16, 2012

Audi’s SUV lineup available in the U.S. will be getting a Q5 TDI, which features a 3.0-liter V6 diesel powerplant with 245-hp and 428 lb-ft of torque. The current Audi Q5 is offered with three engine choices. The first is a 2.0-liter turbo-four that has an output of 211-hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Then there’s a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 (272-hp, 295 lb-ft of torque).

The third is a hybrid 2.0-liter turbo-four with a 44-hp electric motor that offers a combined output of 208-hp. The V6 diesel engine is the same powerplant used in the European SQ5 TDI model however, it would use a detuned version as the European-spec engine delivers 313-hp and 479 lb-ft of torque.

Audi claims that the diesel Q5 accelerate to 60-mph in less than 6.5 seconds. According to the European cycle, it can return about 37-mpg. EPA figures would be lower but we won’t know the exact figure until the model is about to arrive at showrooms in the summer.

The newest version of the Audi Q5 takes the sporty design of its predecessors to another level. Its flat roof arch now looks sharper while its single-frame grille now features chamfered top corners. Moreover, the grille’s vertical chrome struts and Audi rings come with a three-dimensional appearance.

In addition, the new Audi Q5 now features now bumpers, front fog lights as well as air inlets. When the optional xenon plus headlights are specified, customers would be delighted to see a strip of LED daytime running lights on the edge. For those who wanted their new Audi Q5 to look a little different, the German premium carmaker is also offering the S line exterior package and the unique off-road styling package.

Interestingly, the Audi Q5’s passenger cell is made from form-hardened steels while the wrap-around tailgate and the engine hood are made of aluminum. In the passenger cell, advanced form-hardened steels reduce weight; they are extremely strong and at the same time lightweight. The Q5 features roof rails in anodized aluminum - or in optional black – as complemented by a standard crossbar.

With dimensions of 4,629 mm (182.24 in) in length, 1,898 mm (74.72 in) in width and 1,627 mm (64.06 in) in height, the Audi Q5 features athletic proportions as further defined by flowing body lines and dynamically sculpted surfaces. With a wheelbase measuring 2,812 mm (110.71 in) with short overhangs, the new Audi Q5 also features a numbers of unique design cues like the tornado line that flows just below the side windows.

Just like all Audi Q models, the new Audi Q5 comes with a wraparound tailgate. In addition, the roof line of new Audi Q5 flows in a coupe-like arch that tapers early, helping accentuate the crossover’s sweeping A and C pillars. This roof line is extended by a roof spoiler.

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