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2012 Audi Q5 facelift revealed
Audi will release an updated version of its Q5 SUV this summer, with prices expected to start at around £32,000 for an entry-level diesel model. The range now boasts better performance and increased fuel economy.
As far as looks go, the updated Q5 remains much the same as before with a few extra lashings of chrome on the front bumper and a black gloss interior.
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The biggest difference can be found in the engine bay, with each new unit being cleaner and more efficient than before. The facelifted Q5 model range has five new or updated engine options including two TDI and two TFSI engines and an all-new hybrid. The new 2.0-litre TDI diesel has 177bhp and an average economy of 47mpg. The sportiest diesel is the V6 3.0 TDI which is paired with a seven-speed S-tronic gearbox, and accelerates from 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds. It has 245bhp and 427 lb/ft of torque and averages 44.1mpg.
The two petrol TFSI engines are: a 2.0 with 225bhp, 258lb/ft and 34.9mpg combined and a powerful 3.0 V6 model (272bhp and 295lb/ft of torque) with a supercharged engine and an impressive 0-62mph in 5.9 seconds. It will average 33.2mpg. Most models will now have start/stop as standard and four-wheel-drive quattro.
Audi will also introduce a hybrid version as part of the Q5 range. This combines a 2.0 TFSI (211bhp) petrol engine with an electric motor (54bhp). The hybrid model will be able to be driven in petrol, electric or the combined hybrid mode with the switch of a button. Together, the system will produce 245bhp and 354lb/ft of torque. In combined mode the hybrid will deliver 41mpg and 0-62 in 7.1 seconds.
The Infotainment system has been vastly improved, too, with options like navigation via Google Street View, and the smartphone app 'Audi music stream' which allows you to access more than 5,000 internet radio stations. Voice control, 3D graphics and digital radio reception are also available.
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