What is it?
A facelifted version of the popular Audi Q5 boating a host of detailed visual, mechanical and equipment changes, all aimed at boosting its competitiveness against key four-wheel-drive rivals such as the second-generation BMW X3, Range Rover Evoque and Volvo XC60.
Audi's new SUV is set to reach UK showrooms in October priced from £33,430 to £42,535. It hardly appears any different to the existing model, but look closely and you'll discover that there are some subtle styling changes to help distinguish the new Q5.
Up front, there is a revised six-corner single-frame grille and a re-profiled bumper with altered air ducts. The headlamps are also new.
It is on the engine front where the biggest changes are evident, with three new and one revised engine among those initially planned for the UK, plus a further two to come before the end of 2012.
Included is a new, turbocharged 2.0-litre version of Audi’s four-cylinder petrol unit which produces 222bhp and 258lb ft. The 3.2-litre V6 petrol engine in the Q5 3.2 V6 has also made way for a new supercharged 3.0-litre V6 in the Q5 3.0 TFSI successor model. It produces 268bhp and 295lb ft — an increase of 2bhp and 52lb ft.
From the outset of sales we’ll see an all-new 2.0-litre common rail engine in the Q5 2.0 TDI. The unit, which recently made its world debut in the third-generation A3, will initially come in high-power guise only, delivering 175bhp and 280lb ft — some 2bhp and 22lb ft more than the engine it replaces.
Positioned further up-market is the Q5 3.0 TDI. It receives an updated 3.0-litre V6 common-rail diesel engine developing 5bhp and 58lb ft more than before, at 242bhp and 427lb ft.
There’s also a new electro-mechanical steering system, which replaces the earlier hydraulic set-up.