Audi Q5

Production Cars 21 Apr 2008
Audi Q5

Unveiled at the Beijing Show, the Audi Q5 combines a sporty look and aerodinamic body with a flexible and versatile interior and good off-road driving capabilities. Among the technical highlights is the seven speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission.


Design

Audi Q5The Audi Q5 measures 4.63 meters (15.19 feet) in length, 1.88 meters (6.17 feet) in width and 1.65 meters (5.41 feet) in height, showcasing a dynamic and sporty overall proportions which features a low drag coefficient of 0.33.

The front end is dominated by
expressive headlights on both sides of the large single-frame grille; on request, they
can be outfitted with bi-xenon lamps and LED daytime running lights.

Viewed from
the side, the design is characterized by the large wheels and rising edges.

Crowned by a railing, the slope of the roof underscores the slim, coupe-like
styling.

At the rear, the wraparound tailgate – made from aluminum just like the hood – clearly identifies this SUV as a relative of its older brother, the Audi Q7. The
taillights are also available in LED technology.

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Audi Q5Audi offers three different options for the external trim of the Q5 – black (standard),
contrasting color or full paint finish in the color of the car.

The exterior can be customized by choosing the sporty S line or the off-road style packages, the latter including underbody
protection in the front and back and 19-inch wheels.

The body of the Audi Q5 makes extensive use of high and ultra-highstrength
steel
components, which reduce weight
while at the same time improving crash safety as well as rigidity and vibration
patterns.

Interior

Audi Q5At 2.81 meters (9.22 feet), the wheelbase is the longest in its segment – creating a
roomy interior.

The vehicle comfortably accommodates five
persons in ergonomically designed seats that can be flexibly arranged.

The Audi Q5 employs design elements typical of the brand in the interior, but adds its
own unique variations – the driver-oriented cockpit is set higher, for example, in
keeping with the upright sitting position.

The clear-cut interior makes use of aluminum, exclusive woods, chrome, leather and Alcantara as well
as a large selection of optional design packages.

The backrests
for the rear seats are angle-adjustable and especially easy to fold down by activating
the remote release lever in the luggage compartment.

Audi Q5This compartment, offering
access to a second storage area under the floor, then expands from 540 to 1,560
liters (19.07 to 55.09 cubic feet) in volume.

Optional extras include a rail mounting kit
for luggage, a net partition and a luggage compartment liner.

As an option,
Audi offers the “rear bench seat plus”, which slides 100 millimeters (3.94 inches)
lengthwise to provide a load-through facility.

The front passenger’s seat can be
outfitted with a folding backrest for transportation of long objects such as surfboards.

On the front
seats, the belt force limiters and airbags work together in a new and especially
intelligent manner.

The Audi Q5 comes standard with an electromechanical parking brake, an intelligent
chip key, a climate control system and a display screen in the instrument cluster
depicting, among other things, the recommended ideal gear for efficient driving in the
given situation. A large, central monitor is part of the standard equipment as well.

When an onboard navigation system is added, many of the controls are shifted to the
MMI panel on the center console, and are controlled via the large
rotary pushbutton.

Technical features

The Audi Q5 will be available with three engine variants – one gasoline
engine and two TDI units. All of the engines are direct-injection models with a
turbocharger.

Engine Cylinders Power Output Torque
[Nm]
0-100 km/h Top speed
[km/h]
2.0 TFSI 4 155 kW (211 hp) 350 7.2 222
2.0 TDI 4 125 kW (170 hp) 350 9.5 204
3.0 TDI 6 176 kW (240 hp) 500 6.5 225

The 2.0 TFSI has been entirely redesigned. The four-cylinder engine unites three
high-tech features – turbocharging, gasoline direct-injection technology and the
innovative Audi valvelift system for variable control of valve lift.

Audi Q5The units are coupled with the quattro
permanent all-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission or with the the seven speeds S tronic twinclutch
(available on the 3.0 TDI and 2.0 TFSI).

Just like in the new Audi A4,

the differential is located in front of the clutch, directly behind the engine.

This
solution, which made it possible to move the front axle much further forward, creates
a long wheelbase and optimum distribution of axle load.

In normal
running conditions, the transfer case distributes the power to the front and rear axle
in a 40:60 ratio for a rear-focused style that enhances driving pleasure.

When needed,
the quattro driveline can deliver up to 65 percent of the power to the front axle and a
maximum of 85 percent to the rear axle.

The five-link
front axle and trapezoidal-link rear axle are made primarily from aluminum. The vehicle comes standard with 17-inch lightweight forged
wheels in size 235/65. Audi offers even larger wheels of up to 20 inches in diameter
on request.

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Off-road capabilities

Audi Q5A sensor “tells” the ESP if a roof rack has been mounted, causing the Audi Q5’s
center of gravity to be shifted higher in keeping with the roof load of up to 100
kilograms (220.46 pounds). If a roof rack is present, the ESP engages earlier in the
handling limit. Without a roof load, the driver is free to tap the full dynamic potential of
the Audi Q5.

The Audi Q5 is capable of towing up to
2.0 tons; the standard hill descent control system makes it safe to navigate down steep
inclines by regulating the preselected speed when driving at under 30 km/h
(18.64 mph).

The ESP and its sub-function, the ABS, have special ranges for offroad driving.

The climbing capability is 31 degrees, the overhang angle is 25 degrees thanks to the short front
overhang and the ramp breakover angle, determined by the wheelbase, is 17.5 degrees.

Ground clearance is 20 centimeters (7.87 inches), with a fording depth
of up to 50 centimeters (19.69 inches) when driving through water.

Equipment

Additional high-tech extras for the Audi Q5 include the advanced key for keyless
access to the vehicle, a tire pressure monitoring system, the large panoramic glass
sunroof with additional tilting function, the triple-zone climate control system, sun
blinds for the rear side windows, the dynamic cornering light system known as Audi
adaptive light, an electric tailgate and a swiveling trailer hitch.

he high-beam
assistant automatically switches between the high and low beams. On request, the
front seats can be electrically adjusted, heated and ventilated.

(Source: Audi)

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