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Audi Updates Q5 Styling and Power for 2013

posted by on 27 April 2012 in Automotive News

Audi’s compact Q5 crossover gets a mild update for the 2013 model year, including a host of interior and exterior styling tweaks and a couple of powertrain upgrades.

Spotters will notice restyled headlight and taillight assemblies, which feature LEDs for the daytime running lamps on vehicles equipped with bi-xenon headlamps. Similarly, the rear tail lamps carry the modern LED theme with light bands integrated behind the lenses. A new grille sports the company’s current signature architecture, with a more angular frame and prominent vertical slats drawing attention to the Q5’s upright maw.

Inside, the cabin is treated to several minor refinements, including improved ergonomics and a classier feel thanks to additional metal-finish embellishments on the switchgear.

The current 2.0-liter TFSI base engine has been upgraded, taking power from 211 horsepower to 225. While torque remains the same at 258 lb-ft, the reworked engine should be good for up to 31 mpg on the highway with its standard eight-speed automatic. The naturally aspirated 3.2-liter V6 is retired in favor of the supercharged 3.0 TFSI V6, taking output from 270 horsepower and 243 lb-ft to 272 horses and 295 lb-ft, but returning a far better average fuel economy figure of about 27 mpg versus the current model’s 18 city/23 highway results.

Presumably, this facelift also opens the door for the NorthAmerican debut of the Q5 TDI, using the latest 3.0-liter V6 diesel that makes 245 horsepower and 428 lb-ft. A seven-speed S-tronic gearbox mated to quattro full-time all-wheel drive are paired exclusively to this engine and should deliver combined economy of around 37 mpg while jumping to 60 mph in around 6.3 seconds.

Expect the 2013 Q5 to go on sale later this summer. Pricing has not yet been announced, but will likely increase slightly.

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