2021 Audi Q5 India Scheduled To Launch On November 23
In India, the Audi Q5 facelift will be unveiled on November 23. The 2021 Audi Q5 has been absent from Audi’s Indian lineup since April of last year when it was phased out as the company moved to BS6 standards. It is, however, making a comeback in a facelifted form and as a gasoline-only SUV. Audi has begun collecting orders for the Audi Q5 facelift for a nominal fee of Rs 2 lakh, which can be paid online or at Audi stores. In June of last year, Audi introduced the facelifted Q5.
The new Q5’s exterior visual modifications are minor, but they add up to offer the SUV a significantly more modern appearance. The Q5 features a taller and wider hexagonal grille with vertical chrome strips in the front. It also loses the bezel that held the headlamps in place. The headlamps, however, have been overhauled with new inlays and an LED light signature. With reworked side intakes and new brushed aluminium inserts, the front bumper looks more chiselled.
The redesigned Q5 sits on larger 19-inch ‘S-design’ alloy wheels in profile. The LED lights on the back have been changed and are now joined by a brushed aluminium strip. The rear bumper has also been redesigned to give it a sportier appearance.
Inside, the changes are minor, but the emphasis is clearly on technology. The centre screen has been upgraded from an 8.3-inch touchscreen (with a rotary dial) to a larger 10.1-inch touchscreen. It’s equipped with Audi’s new MIB 3 infotainment system, which is supposed to be 10 times faster than the previous model. The Q5 is also equipped with linked car technology and, as an added benefit, Amazon’s Alexa platform.
It will also include new piano-black accents, a wireless charger, a B&O Premium 3D Sound System, and Audi’s Park assist. On the new Q5, Audi has thankfully kept the conventional buttons and dials for climate control. The new Q5 will be equipped with eight airbags, including side-impact airbags, ABS with EBD, and traction control.
The 2021 Audi Q5 facelift will be driven by the same 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbo-petrol TFSI engine that produces 249hp and 370Nm and has been modified to meet BS6 standards. In India, this engine is also available in the A6, however in a somewhat different configuration. Quattro all-wheel-drive will come standard, and the engine will be coupled to a 7-speed S-Tronic dual-clutch gearbox.
While the pre-facelift Q5 had a 2.0-litre engine, the revised Q5 will only be available in petrol, along with other Audi vehicles in India.
The 2021 Audi Q5 will compete with the Mercedes-Benz GLC, Land Rover Discovery Sport, BMW X3 and Volvo XC60 when it is released. It is likely to cost between Rs 58 lakh and Rs 60 lakh (ex-showroom).
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