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Anthony
06-28-2007, 10:11 AM
2009 Q5 leads Audi Assault (http://www.autoweek.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070627/FREE/70625010/1528/newsletter01)
New sport utility is first of 15 new models

By GREG KABLE
AutoWeek | Published 06/27/07, 8:55 am et

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Audi’s Q5 sport/utility vehicle is at the heart of an ambitious new model plan known internally as “Route 15”—adding as many as 15 models to the German carmaker’s ranks by 2015.

Set for North American sale by the end of 2008 and starting at about $38,000, the Q5 is Audi’s stylish retort to the likes of the BMW X3 and the upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLK. Its task is to mirror the success of its larger stable mate, the Q7, which has exceeded Audi’s earlier expectations by racking up nearly 90,000 sales since its launch in early 2006.

Developed in-house, the 2009 Q5 likely will premiere at next January’s Detroit auto show, joining the Q7 as the second in a trio of premium SUVs that will form a vital part of Audi’s secret Route 15 program. The even smaller Q3, patterned after the Cross Coupe Quattro concept shown at Shanghai in April, will complete the SUV lineup in 2010, AutoWeek has confirmed. Unlike the larger Q5 and Q7, which stick with Audi’s traditional longitudinal engine design, the Q3 is based on the soon-to-be-launched Volkswagen Tiguan (“Tiguan Tough,” AW, June 25) with a transverse engine layout.

The Q5, meanwhile, is conceived as a much sportier vehicle than the imposing Q7 and will favor driving dynamics over load-carrying ability. A good deal of development came on the Nürburgring circuit in Germany, where the Q5’s four-wheel-drive running gear was tested while hidden underneath heavily modified A4 wagon bodies.

Underpinning the new SUV is Audi’s Modular Longitudinal Platform (MLP) structure, first seen in the recently introduced A5 coupe and also set to appear underneath the all-new A4 at September’s Frankfurt show. It will provide all future Audi models with a more favorable weight distribution than existing ones, with the engine mounted lower and farther back in the chassis. The new design is also claimed to provide a more efficient crumple zone at the front of the car for improved safety.

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The Q5 has different suspension mounts from those of its sedan and coupe siblings, and its track measurements are wider, although the wheelbase is said to be the same. Drive is through a standard six-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic and Audi’s Torsen differential four-wheel-drive system. As with recent Audi models, the Q5 will have a nominal 40/60 percent front/rear split.

Among the engines set to be offered in the Q5 is Audi’s turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder FSI, as well as an updated version of today’s 3.2-liter V6 and a range-topping 4.2-liter V8. The growing popularity of diesel in the United States also has driven plans for the introduction of at least one Bluetec unit on these shores, most likely an upcoming version of Audi’s 3.0-liter V6 TDI, although a more affordable 2.0-liter, four-cylinder TDI engine is also in the pipeline, sources tell us.

The Q5 is an all-Audi project, despite speculation linking Porsche to Audi’s latest SUV development program. “At the moment, there are no plans to establish a joint venture with Porsche or any other carmaker,” a high-ranking Ingolstadt insider told AutoWeek. “It is a 100 percent Audi program without any outside influences.” Recent German media reports have suggested that Porsche, which holds a controlling stake in Audi parent company VW, may use the Q5 as the basis for its own SUV positioned beneath the Cayenne.

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Sleeper INC.
07-07-2007, 01:15 PM
oooo q5 like the idea, the price range. and the engine options. this might be worth checking out once it hits american soil! especially since i really dont need to over extend myself to pick up a q7, whcih i really like.

Silververtu
07-10-2007, 09:27 AM
The Q5 is a great idea. I love the Q7, but sometimes I feel it's kind of too big for a daily car.