By Staff Reporter
The Audi Q5 has been refreshed for 2020 with tweaks to the interior and exterior, and new technology. Upfront, the upper section of the LED headlamps features a new signature for the daytime running lights. The redesigned bumpers make the car grow in length with about 19 millimeters. At the rear end, there is a new trim element between the light clusters and a new diffusor insert with a horizontal fin. The “advanced line” model comes with chromed vertical ribs in the Singleframe grille, along with under-ride guards beneath the front and rear bumpers in silver instead of black. The S line comprises a honeycomb design in the Singleframe grille and a chrome strip framing the rear diffusor.
Two of the twelve available paint colors are new – district green and ultra blue. The black trim package is available as an option.
Advanced line SUVs will be available with new 18-, 19-, or 20-inch wheel designs, while the S-Line gets standard 19- or optional 20-inch wheels.
The biggest change is inside is in the infotainment section with the new, freestanding MMI touch display with acoustic feedback implemented. The previous rotary/push control on the center-tunnel console makes way for a storage cubby.
Behind the new control setup in the updated Audi Q5 is a new third-generation Modular Infotainment Platform (MIB 3), which offers ten times the computing power of its predecessor, the MIB 2.
Q5 customers can also choose from three interior finishes: base, design selection and S line.
The Q5 now comes with standard LED headlamps but the big news is the OLED lighting technology which is available for the first time ever in the Q5. The optional OLED rear light is split into three tiles of six segments each, which enables Audi designers and developers to create different light designs and signatures from a single item of hardware.
Owners ordering their new Q5 can choose from three rear-light signatures, whereby each signature has its own specific designs for coming and leaving home. On switching the Audi drive select mode to “dynamic”, the lights can change to yet another signature. The OLED rear-light cluster is also equipped with proximity detection: if a road user approaches a stationary Q5 from the rear to within less than two meters, all the OLED segments light up. When the Q5 starts to move, it returns to the original light signature. The OLED rear lights will be offered with dynamic turn indicators.
In Europe, the updated Q5 comes the Audi Q5 40 TDI guise that features an improved two-liter four-cylinder diesel engine that generates 150 kW and 400 Nm of torque. The mild hybrid system (MHEV) in the system is said to contribute to the low fuel consumption. A belt-driven starter/generator (BSG) supplies the 12-volt vehicle electrical system, which incorporates a compact lithium-ion battery. The BSG recuperates braking energy and stores it in the battery. The Audi Q5 40 TDI sips a combined in 5.4-5.3l/100 km and accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds.
Audi says more engine versions will follow after the launch of the updated Q5. These will include two further power variants of the four-cylinder TDI, a V6 TDI and two 2.0-liter four-cylinder TFSI engines. The Q5 TFSI e with plug-in hybrid drive will also be offered again in two output variants.
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