New Audi Q5 Unveiled

New Audi Q5 - available late 2008

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New Audi Q5 Unveiled

The Q5 stands at 4.63 meters long and 1.88 meters wide, but just 1,65 meters tall giving it a lower stance than competitors, highlighting Audi's 'sporty' intentions for the SUV. Audi offers three different options for the external trim of the Q5 - black (standard), contrasting colour or a full body-coloured paint finish. Two body packages are available as well. The S line exterior package increases the sporty look to the performance SUV, while the alternative off-road style package gets underbody protection in the front and back and 19-inch wheels. It is being launched with three engine variants; one petrol and two diesel options. The 2.0-litre TFSI engine has been redesigned to produce 258lb ft at 1,500 rpm right the way through to 4,200 rpm, with 210bhp. It is capable of 0 to 62mph in 7.2 seconds, can reach a top speed of 138mph whilst averaging 33.2mpg. The 2.0-litre TDI also produces 258lb ft between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm with a power output of 170bhp and will reach 62mph from standstill in 9.5 seconds whilst fuel consumption is a frugal 42.1mpg. The final engine is a 3.0-litre TDI delivering 240bhp and 368lb ft torque. It takes the Audi Q5 from 0 to 62mph in 6.5 seconds, accelerates to a top speed of 139mph and covers 36.6mpg on the combined cycle.

The Q5 is expected to come with a range of standard equipment including an audio system with eight speakers. Multimedia options available will also include Bluetooth telephone, a DVD drive, a TV tuner, an intelligent speech control system, an iPod interface and a top-of-the-line sound system from Bang & Olufsen. The Q5 goes on sale later this year priced around £30,000.