Audiâ€™s announced changes to its Q5 SUV range for South Africa that include the addition of uprated engines and introduces the supercharged V6 to the range, and slight styling changes.
The new SUV will be available at Audi dealers from the end of January, 2013.
The updated Q5 is offered with four engine options: two TDI and two TFSIs, with all engines featuring direct fuel injection with charging and the start-stop system.
And while performance is up across the range, Audi says fuel consumption values have been reduced by 15 per cent.
More power across the range
The entry-level Q5 remains the 2.0TDI with 130kW/380Nm (up from 125kW/350Nm) while the 3.0TDI with 180kW/580Nm at its disposal, remains the range-topper. The former is offered with six-speed manual and S tronic transmissions and the V6 diesel comes with seven-speed S tronic and quattro.
The two-litre has a claimed fuel consumption of six litres per 100km, while the three-litre has figures of 6.4 litres per 100km on a combined cycle.
Slotted amongst the diesels are the 2.0TFSI in 132kW and 165kW derivatives although the 132kW version is only available with a manual transmission while the 165kW version comes standard with an eight-speed Tiptronic.
For those requiring a bigger punch, the supercharged 3.0TFSI, with 200kW/400Nm on tap, replaces the former 3.2-litre V6. It accelerates from 0 â€“ 100kph in 5.9 seconds, according to Audi SA.
As for comfort and refinement, this is said to have been improved with the tweaking of the settings for the Q5â€™s springs, shocks and stabilisers, while the new electromechanical power steering system apparently gives the driver a â€˜better feel for the roadâ€™.
Another feature new to the Q5 is Audiâ€™s optional drive select system that allows the driver to adjust the shift points on the automatic transmission and vary the amount of power steering assist, amongst others.
New look, more standard features
Visual changes to the Q5 include LED daytime running lights, a high-gloss black finish for the single-frame grille and modified bumpers with glossy black inserts and fog lights with chrome rings.
At the rear, diffuser inserts and tailpipes have been altered, while roof rails and crossbars are standard equipment across the range.
Furthermore, both the S line exterior package and offroad styling package are available as options.
Inside the cabin, many of the controls are now finished in chrome trim and high-gloss black. Ergonomics have also been addressed with easier controls and a more efficient aircon system.
Infotainment systems on the updated Q5 include the flagship Bang & Olufsen sound system with MMI navigation and a seven-inch colour monitor, and customised Audi connect online services that turns the cabin into a bona fide hotspot.
Two trim levels â€“ S and SE â€“ are offered on the new Q5 with a dramatic improvement in the level of standard equipment on offer.
2.0T FSI S â€“ R464Â 000
2.0 TDI S manual â€“ R469Â 000
2.0 TDI S S tronic â€“ R488Â 000
2.0T FSI SE Tiptronic â€“ R528Â 000
3.0T FSI SE Tiptronic â€“ R599 000
3.0 TDI SE S tronic â€“ R616Â 000
The Q5 is sold with Audiâ€™s standard five-year or 100Â 000km Freeway Plan.