2013 Audi Q5 Details, New Engines, Q5 Hybrid Quattro
Details are emerging on the 2013 Audi Q5, and from the looks of it, Audi is following suit with its company-wide effort to make for a leaner, more efficient fleet. The German automaker's midsize SUV has been largely popular for its sleek styling, and trademark Audi interior paired with excellent performance. The one knock on the Audi Q5 has been mediocre fuel economy, something Audi looks to remedy for the new model year. In addition to a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, and a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 engine, Audi tells us the new Audi Q5 hybrid quattro will go on sale in the fall of this year. The Q5 hybrid will be Audi's first production hybrid model, a move that will give hybrid loving Americans looking at the luxury SUV market, a reason to shop Audi. The Q5 hybrid still has impressive performance numbers, boasting a 0-60 mph time of about seven seconds, and a top speed of about 140 mph. Those numbers are made more impressive when you consider the Q5 hybrid's fuel economy, an estimated 34 mpg combined. Additionally, we're told the Audi Q5 won't be left out of the diesel party—a 3.0-liter V-6 TDI is expected to come next year, meaning buyers will have a choice of gas, hybrid, or diesel engines. Europeans will get five engine options, including three possible diesels. The most efficient engine, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel, won't be powering (or under-powering, for that matter) any 2013 Q5's sold here in the U.S.In Europe, the standard transmission will be the six-speed manual, while in the U.S. we'll see a seven-speed S-tronic (automatic with shift-capability), and an eight-speed Tiptronic, which will be standard on the 2013 Q5 hybrid quattro. Audi has made a few aesthetic changes, too. There are some different light packages, and the LED lights on the optional xenon headlights will take the shape of a new curved band. Four new colors will be available, bringing the total to 15 in all. You can also customize the 2013 Audi Q5 with an S-line package, or an offroad styling package. Audi's strong tradition of beautifully crafted interiors continues on with a few new options: three new interior colors; some leather and fabric choices; some wood here and some aluminum there. The S line will feature a black interior, S-badges, and sport seats. The midsize crossover will also get the latest in Audi's MMI and infotainment systems, which have been upgraded for the new model year, and include Audi Connect. Source: Audi
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