Months after unveiling the Audi Q3 Sportback and the e-tron Sportback, Audi has now unveiled its third crossover utility vehicle (CUV), the new Q5 Sportback. The new Audi Q5 Sportback will roll off the assembly line at the San José Chiapa plant in Mexico. They can be ordered now and will be launched on international markets in the first half of 2021. For the Chinese market, the CUV will be built in CKD production at the Changchun plant.
The 2021 Audi Q5 Sportback with the large air inlets, and the octagonal Singleframe, sports a powerful presence similar to the latest Q models from Audi. The headlights with their distinctive daytime running light signature feature LED or optional Matrix LED technology. The continuous, elegantly sweeping shoulder line emphasizes the wheels and with them the quattro all-wheel drive. The side sill trim on the doors imbues the CUV with stability and robustness. The greenhouse extends low over the body and begins its downward slope early so that the third side window tapers sharply to the rear. The starkly sloped rear window and the seemingly high-mounted rear bumper give the Q5 Sportback a dynamic and powerful appearance.
Lower air drag
The 2021 Audi Q5 Sportback is seven millimeters longer than its sister model, the Q5. It shares the same height (1.66 m) and width (1.89 m), but at 0.30 the drag also turns out lower. The new Audi Q5 Sportback’s low center of gravity enhances its stability. The long wheelbase of 2.82 meters provides ample room on board.
Tail lamps with digital OLED technology
The 2021 Audi Q5 Sportback offers the rear lights featuring innovative digital OLED technology upon request. Each light includes three organic light-emitting diodes, which radiate an especially homogeneous red light. Each LED is divided into six segments, which can be controlled individually. Customers can select from three rear light signatures when ordering their vehicle, each of which includes a dynamic coming and leaving home lighting scenario. An additional sporty graphic is displayed when “dynamic” mode is chosen in the Audi drive select system. If another vehicle approaches the stationary Q5 Sportback from the rear to within less than two meters, all OLED segments illuminate, providing proximity detection.
Twelve paint finishes
2021 Audi Q5 Sportback is available in the “advanced” and “S line” exterior lines. Differences lie in the Singleframe, the side air inlets and in particular the rear bumper. There are 12 paint finishes and a variety of trims for the add-on parts to choose from, including the black styling package and both full and contrasting paint finishes.
3rd gen modular infotainment system
The 2021 Audi Q5 Sportback offers a 3rd-generation modular infotainment system or MIB 3 interface that handles the controls, display and infotainment. The MIB 3 is paired with the Audi Virtual Cockpit Plus and sone of the features offered are 12.3-inch display, heads up display and a multifunction steering wheel plus. The new Audi Q5 Sportback also offers optional module hardwares like the Bang and Olufsen 3D premium sound system, and the Audi phone box.
510 Litre boot space
The new Audi Q8 Sportback’s 400 litre boot space increases to 1480 litre when loaded to the roof and with the rear seats folded down. Audi also offers the 2021 Audi Sportback with the optional rear seat bench plus, which can be shifted laterally and has adjustable seat back angles. This expands the volume of the luggage compartment in the base configuration by up to 60 litres. The storage and luggage compartment package is also available as an option. A power tailgate is standard. In combination with the optional convenience key, it can be opened with a simple foot gesture.
Adaptive air suspension
The new Audi Q5 Sportback offers an alternative suspension with controlled dampers or the versatile and comfortable adaptive air suspension. It adjusts the ride height over a wide range of 60 mm. The ground clearance can be increased by as much as 45 mm when driving on unpaved roads, while the body is lowered by 15 mm when driving fast. This reduces drag while increasing efficiency at the same time. For convenient loading, the rear body can be lowered 55 mm when the vehicle is stationary.
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The new 2021 Audi Q5 Sportback’s optional dynamic steering varies the steering ratio and power assist as a function of the driving speed. A direct ratio and greater power assistance makes the car easy to handle when driving slowly, while at higher speeds the more indirect ratio has a positive effect on straight-line stability. The wheel diameters range from 18 to 21 inches, while there is a choice of no fewer than 21 wheel designs.
Three new powertrains
The Audi Q5 Sportback will be launched on the market in Europe with three engine versions – two TDI engines and one TFSI. Their power output ranges from 204 PS to 286 PS. The 2.0 TDI diesel engine propels the Audi Q5 Sportback 40 TDI quattro. It produces 204 PS and 400 Nm of torque, and accelerates the large CUV from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 222 km/h. A 12 V mild hybrid system (MHEV) increases the efficiency. Its belt-driven starter-alternator can recover energy when decelerating and store it in a compact lithium-ion battery. What’s more, the MHEV system allows coasting with the engine off, while the start-stop range already begins at a speed of 22 km/h. A second variant of the 2.0 TDI will follow after the market launch.
7-Speed S tronic transmission
A seven-speed S tronic and the efficient quattro drive with ultra technology provide the power transmission for the four-cylinder diesel engine. In normal driving conditions, it directs the torque exclusively to the front wheels. The moment all-wheel drive is required, two clutches instantly activate the rear axle, even predictively in many situations.
8-Speed tiptronic transmission
The Audi Q5 Sportback 50 TDI quattro offers even more power and torque: This model offers 286 PS and 620 Nm – enough for a standard sprint in 5.7 seconds and maximum speed of 240 km/h. The MHEV system works here with 48 V and is even more effective than it is in the four-cylinder diesel. It’s mated to an eight-speed tiptronic transmission, the quattro permanent all-wheel drive uses a mechanical center differential. It distributes 40 percent of the torque to the front axle and 60 percent to the rear and, when necessary, directs the majority of it to the axle with better traction.
2.0 TFSI gasoline engine
With the 2.0 TFSI, a four-cylinder gasoline engine, the Audi Q5 Sportback 45 TFSI quattro sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds and takes it to a top speed of 240 km/h. The gasoline engine produces 265 PS and 370 Nm of torque. Like the two-liter TDI, it uses a 12 V mild hybrid system, the seven-speed S tronic transmission, and the quattro drive with ultra technology.