The all-new Q5 was recently launched at the Audi Q5 Hub at Suntec City, Singapore. To highlight the crossover SUV's capabilities, local celebrity pastry chef Janice Wong created edible art installations that represent various landscapes—mountains, seascape, city, and the suburbs.
While the overall profile of the second-generation Q5 may look like a subtle update (an Audi trademark), the most obvious change is the front, with a flared Singleframe grille. Another notable change is the sharp shoulder line—perhaps the sharpest crease we've seen. It says a lot about the quality of the pressing. Even with the clamshell hood closed, the gap is hidden, with the line appearing entirely seamless.
The Q5 also sports distinct lines on the hood, a styling seen on other models like the A4, the A5, and the Q7. The doors, meanwhile, extend past the sills, a feature that keeps your pants from getting dirty from mud or rain spray. Matte aluminum body strips round off the athletic character.
Lightweight construction technology, a combination of high tensile steel and aluminum, reduce up to 90kg from the previous model, consequently improving performance, handling, and efficiency.
Increased exterior dimensions give the Q5 more interior room, with 10 liters more space for cargo, ranging from 550 to 610 liters. Volume extends to 1,550 liters with the rear seats folded down. Speaking of the rear bench, it's now adjustable fore and aft.
Audi's latest crossover is equipped with the now customary Virtual Cockpit 12.3-inch TFT display and MMI system with an 8.3-inch display. A new feature that caught our attention is the ambient lighting in 30 different colors.
Standard for Singapore is the 2.0-liter TFSI engine delivering 252hp and 370Nm, the same unit on the Q7 petrol variant we recently tested. Do expect a diesel for our market, most likely a 2.0-liter TDI.
Keeping the car glued to the road is the Quattro all-wheel drive with ultra technology, decoupling the rear wheels when driven from all fours isn't necessary, further improving efficiency.
The Q5 is priced at SGD$239,700 (P8,657,964) including Certificate of Entitlement and Carbon Emissions-Based Vehicle Scheme. Estimated price when it lands in our shores is P5,000,000, in late August.