Audi India, on a roll after besting their 2011 numbers by a huge margin in 2012 has begun its 2013 innings with the launch of the facelifted Audi Q5.
With prices starting at Rs 43.16 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi, the facelifted Q5 is now a couple of lakh rupees more expensive than the outgoing car. Audi, like its other luxury rivals had indicated a price change for the entire range starting January, so they've followed the script to the T.
On offer are the same set of engines; the 2.0 TDI with 177 bhp, a 2.0 TFSI with 211 bhp and the 3.0 TDI with 245 bhp. There have been substantial improvements though; the Q5 now gets an electro-mechanical steering that is more accurate and aids efficiency. The engine-transmission combination, especially on the 2.0 TDI has seen marked improvements, resulting in an efficiency improvement of 15 per cent. The 2.0 TDI now delivers 14.6 kpl under ARAI test conditions.
On the outside, the changes include revised headlamps and tail lamps with new continuous LED strings, a different looking front grille, revised bumpers and air dam and new skid pads on the flanks that help make the Q5 look somewhat more aggressive.
Moving in, the changes include new mirror faces for the ORVMs, changes to the centre console, new Drive Select system as standard on all variants and a new MMI system with GPS for the first time on an Audi product in India.
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