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Audi's new baby Q5 is on it's way to SA

By unknown | Apr 23, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sowetan Reporter

Sowetan Reporter

If you thought the motor industry will slow down because of rocketing petrol price, then think again.

Automotive companies are not begging down. The German car-maker, Audi, is bringing another addition to its range. This is in the form of the smaller version of the Q7, called the Q5. The new creation is expected to reach our shores in the second quarter of next year.

The pioneer of all-wheel drive, according to Audi, builds the Q5 standard with Quattro permanent all-wheel drive. According to the marque, this was the only logical solution for a dynamic SUV.

In normal running conditions, the transfer case distributes the power to the front and rear axle in a 40:60 ratio for a rear-focused style that enhances driving pleasure.

When needed, the Quattro drive-line can deliver up to 65 percent of the power to the front axle and a maximum of 85 percent to the rear axle.

The vehicle comes standard with 17-inch lightweight forged wheels in size 235/65. Audi offers even larger wheels of up to 20 inches in diameter on request.

The new performance SUV from Audi is sportily precise, spontaneous, safe and comfortable at the same time. Its electronic stabilisation programme (ESP) has been redesigned and enhanced with innovative functions not available from the competition. A sensor "tells" the ESP if a roof rack has been mounted, causing the Audi Q5's centre of gravity to be shifted higher in keeping with the roof load of up to 100 kg. If a roof rack is present, the ESP engages earlier in the handling limit.

Without a roof load, the driver is free to tap the full dynamic potential of the Audi Q5. The Audi Q5 is suitable for all purposes and driving surfaces. It is also said to be capable of towing up to two tons, and delivers excellent performance in rough terrain.

The standard hill descent control system makes it safe to navigate down steep inclines by regulating the preselected speed when driving at under 30km/h.

The ESP and its sub-function, the ABS, have special ranges for off-road driving. The ESP focuses on achieving maximum traction in off-road driving; the ABS automatically recognises the consistency of the driving surface and selects the ideal strategy for sand, gravel or loose rocks.

According to Audi SA, the large package of high-end technologies makes the Audi Q5 driving experience even more fascinating.

The optional control system Audi Drive Select guides the operation of various technology components and is available in several upgrade variants. At the touch of a button, the driver determines whether the system should work in a comfortable, and especially well-balanced, or a sporty mode. The MMI operating system offers a fourth mode, which can be individually programmed.

The Audi Drive Select is available with two innovative components. One is an electronic controller for the shock absorbers, the other is Audi Dynamic Steering. Outfitted with a super-position gear, it continuously varies the steering ratio and the power steering assistance depending on the speed - which means less steering effort is required when parking, and firm steering with low sensitivity at higher speeds. At the handling limits, the dynamic steering stabilises the Audi Q5 in conjunction with the ESP by means of instantaneous steering interventions.

The Audi Q5 is rolling off the production line with a generous range of standard equipment including an audio system with eight speakers. A highly contemporary modular system of components is available for multimedia options - the highest upgrade level features a Bluetooth telephone, a DVD drive, a TV tuner, an intelligent speech control system, an iPod interface and a top-of-the-line sound system from the Danish specialists Bang & Olufsen.


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