Audi updates Q5 crossover sport utility for 2013

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Audi's Q5 was introduced in 2008 and competes against other premium crossover sport utility vehicles such as Acura's RDX, Volvo's XC60 and Cadillac's SRX. For 2013, the Q5 has been updated with new powertrain choices, slight styling updates and even a hybrid option.

In Canada, the Q5 has so far been available with only two engine choices: An efficient 2.0-litre TFSI (Turbo Fuel Stratified Injection) engine or a more powerful 3.2-litre engine. While Audi has announced a host of powertrain options that will be available internationally for the 2013 Q5, it's likely that in terms of conventional powertrains the Canadian-market version will only be available with the current engines' successors.

The current 2.0-litre TFSI engine generates 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque and will be succeeded by a slightly more powerful 2.0-litre TFSI engine that develops 225 horsepower and the same 258 pound-feet of torque. The Q5's current 3.2-litre engine, which churns out 270 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque, gets replaced by a smaller, torquier 3.0-litre TFSI unit developing 272 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.

Other engine choices that likely won't reach Canada include a 2.0-litre TDI (Turbocharged Direct Injection) diesel engine with 143 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque as well as another 2.0-litre TDI with 177 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. The diesel options also include a larger 3.0-litre TDI engine with 245 horsepower and 427 pound-feet of torque.

While the four-cylinder engines come with manual six-speed transmissions, an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic is available for the 2.0-litre TFSI engine and is standard with the 3.0-litre TFSI. The Q5's 3.0-litre TDI has a seven-speed S-tronic transmission as standard while the 177 horsepower 2.0-litre TDI can be paired with the seven-speed as an option. Quattro permanent all-wheel drive is also standard on all Q5 variants except for the 143 horsepower 2.0-litre TDI.

Aside from the conventional TFSI and TDI engine choices, the 2013 Q5 is also available as a hybrid. In fact, the Q5 hybrid quattro is Audi's first hybrid model, and this powertrain may be destined for Canadian markets. Power for the hybrid comes from a 2.0-litre TFSI engine with 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque as well as an electric motor with 54 horsepower and 154 pound-feet of torque. The two power sources provide a peak momentary system output of 245 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque, and power to the all four wheels is routed through an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission.

Three driving modes are offered in the Q5 hybrid quattro including D mode which uses both the engine and electric motor, as well as S mode which provides more aggressive powertrain response for sporty driving. In EV mode the Q5 hybrid quattro can travel up to three kilometres at a constant speed of 60 km/h using only electric power.

The exterior styling of the new 2013 Audi Q5 has been slightly tweaked with new LED daytime running lights and LED taillights, but apart from this it remains largely unchanged. Inside, the 2013 Q5 boasts such features as a Bang & Olufsen sound system, Internet connectivity, a seven-inch monitor and a DVD player.

The 2013 Q5 is expected to arrive in Canada later this year with its new gasoline engines and quite possibly its hybrid powertrain as well.

©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Crossover, Audi, Q5,

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