The Audi Q5 and SQ5 2021 are on their way with significant cosmetic changes, but perhaps more importantly, there will be a standard mild hybrid powertrain and an optional plug-in hybrid variant for the Q5. The new Q5 will go on sale by the end of this year.
The renovated Q5 family will also benefit from the latest Audi infotainment and safety technology, further modernizing the platform arriving in the United States for the 2018 model year. And Audi is justifiably proud of its new taillight technology. OLED, available on the SQ5, which allows the buyer to choose one of the few unique rear light signatures – a unique opportunity to personalize.
Clearly, the Q5 family receives a significant set of visual changes. At the front, the large grille has been somewhat refined, with a thinner outer frame that no longer comes into contact with the headlights. Standard LED high beam and low beam and a more complex daytime running light design connect the SUV to the RS6 Avant sports car, at least on the Audi Green Q5 S-Line District. The new Q5’s front appearance also seems to match the new styling features seen on the 2019 Q3, as well as the recently updated Q7 2020.
This optional S-Line exterior package also includes an aggressive hexagonal grille texture that we think looks great on the small luxury SUV, as well as bold air intakes in the corners of the bumper and a ” front “protection plate rendered in shiny black. An “advanced line” exterior package is standard, with vertical chrome grille bars and silver accents in the front and rear bumpers that are reminiscent of the Allroad family. Advanced range SUVs will be available with new 18, 19 or 20 inch wheel designs, while the S-Line is fitted with optional standard 19 or 20 inch wheels.
The rear of the Q5 sees fewer changes compared to the outgoing Q5 2020. Obviously, the rear lights are new, featuring OLED technology which, for now, is reserved exclusively for the SQ5 in the United States. These OLEDs feature one of four rear lighting models that the owner can choose from when ordering their new SUV, although we wonder if the design can be changed after purchase.
Audi’s innovative Matrix LED technology is also available for the first time on the Q5, standard on the high-end Prestige version. The Prestige will also receive dynamic front indicators and “leaving the house” headlight / taillight entertainment – a slightly tacky feature that we can’t help but love.
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The Audi Q5 2021 has a new standard mild hybrid powertrain that combines a low-voltage belt starter generator with a turbocharged 2.0-liter in-line four for the most part. The updated engine produces 13 more horsepower (10 kilowatts) compared to 2020, for a total of 261 hp (195 kW) – the torque remains constant at 273 lb-ft (370 newton-meters). The mild hybrid powertrain recovers energy from coasting and braking to recharge the 12-volt battery, but unlike the 48-volt mild hybrid configuration on the larger Q7, it does not reduce turbo lag or systems suspension systems.
Those who want even greater electrification can opt for the Audi Q5 plug-in hybrid. An electric motor is located between the 2.0-liter four-speed turbo transmission and seven double-clutch speeds, powered by a 14.1 kilowatt-hour battery. Total power is 362 hp and 369 lb-ft (270 kW and 500 Nm), which represents an increase of 13 hp (10 kW) compared to the powerful 2021 SQ5. Like the current SUV, expect about 20 miles from the Q5 plug-in’s 100% electric range. S-line styling is standard on the PHEV, with an optional Sport Plus package that provides adaptive shock absorbers, air suspension, and Dinamica suede interior accents.
The SQ5 mainly has transfer specifications, including 349 hp and 369 lb-ft (260 kW and 500 Nm) from its 3.0-liter turbocharged V6. Like the less expressive Q5 models, the SQ5 comes standard with a Quattro all-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Adaptive shock absorbers are delivered with the trim level, while a height-adjustable air suspension is optional. The SQ5 also gets the aforementioned OLED tail light standard.
For some reason, many luxury automakers have made certain active safety features optional, but the Audi Q5 will not be counted among them. Lane departure warning, front and rear parking sensors and blind spot monitoring are now standard on the basic Premium version, while the Premium Plus and Prestige models benefit from an adaptive cruise control, ” active lane keeping and a top view camera system. These features join the already standard Audi Pre Sense City suite, which includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.
Each Q5 2021 will also come standard with the company’s latest infotainment package called MIB 3 (shared with most other new Audi products), displayed on a new 10.1-inch touchscreen. MIB 3 has 10 times more processing power than its predecessor and now offers cloud-based vehicle customization – if you enter another Audi with MIB 3, you can download your vehicle preferences by logging into the system. infotainment. Audi has removed its rotary controller for the multimedia interface, relying instead on the larger touch screen for inputs.
The Audi Digital Cockpit fully digital dashboard is standard on Premium Plus and Prestige models, and Apple CarPlay Wireless is also included on all versions. A slightly revised interior contains these new features – like the 2020 Q5, the 2021 receives walnut inlays and standard leather seats, although the new model has contrasting stitching and a few piano black accents.
The Audi Q5 2021 will start at $ 43,300 in its most basic form, at the same price as its predecessor despite more technology and standard equipment. The plug-in hybrid will ask for $ 51,900, which is actually $ 1,000 less than the 2020 PHEV. The 2021 SQ5 will ask its new owner for $ 52,900, like 2020.
Each member of the 2021 Q5 family will enter the U.S. market in the fourth quarter of 2020, which means we will have to wait until at least October to drive one. With a few thoughtful updates and surprisingly aggressive pricing, the popular Audi SUV should also do well for the bottom line.