New Audi Q5 to rival Mercedes GLC

New Audi Q5 to rival Mercedes GLC
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Audi is set to take on the new Mercedes-Benz GLC, the BMW X3 and the upcoming Jaguar F-Pace with an all-new version of its mid-sized Q5 SUV. The new Q5 will switch to the VW Group\'s MLB platform for models with a longitudinal engine layout, as used by the latest A4.

Audi is set to take on the new Mercedes-Benz GLC, the BMW X3 and the upcoming Jaguar F-Pace with an all-new version of its mid-sized Q5 SUV. The new Q5 will switch to the VW Group's MLB platform for models with a longitudinal engine layout, as used by the latest A4.

The move to the lighter architecture has allowed Audi to deliver weight savings while still packing in more luxury and safety equipment. Some sources suggest that the new car will be about 100kg lighter than the model it replaces, with the leanest editions weighing 1,620kg.

The new A4’s suspension setup – a five-link system at both the front and rear – will be retained, but the Q5 will also be offered with self-levelling air suspension. Audi will also build a Quattro GmbH-tuned version of the Q5.

It will get a twin-turbo version of the new V6 petrol engine that produces up to 500bhp and delivers a 0-100kph time of about 4.5 seconds. It will also feature stiffer chassis settings and a more aggressive shift mode on its automatic transmission.

This in turn, will allow the more ‘mainstream’ performance Q5, the SQ5, to continue as a diesel. The 306bhp 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine in the current SQ5 will be retuned to produce about 325bhp.

The new Q5 will be built in Mexico, as well as in China and India. Audi is expected to unveil the car in the second half of the year, with the Paris motor show being a likely venue.

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