Audi Q5 facelift launched – 2.0 TFSI, RM328k

Euromobil has announced the introduction of the facelifted Audi Q5 in Malaysia. Only one engine variant will be available here for the refreshed Typ 8R, which is the 2.0 TFSI that offers 225 hp at 4,500 to 6,250 rpm and 350 Nm from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm.

In terms of power output, there’s a 14 hp increase, or about 6.6%, over its predecessor, which was unveiled in 2008 and began selling in Malaysia in 2009. Improvements abound in terms of fuel efficiency too, despite the increased performance – consumption is quoted as 7.9 litres per 100 km, 7% more efficient than the outgoing Q5. Performance figures include a 0-100 km/h time of 7.1 seconds and a 222 km/h top speed.

Audi Q5 facelift launched – 2.0 TFSI, RM328k

The mill is mated to an eight-speed Tiptronic torque converter auto, a change from the seven-speed S-Tronic DSG wet-clutch gearbox found on the current model. The company says that the eight-speeder is more efficient compared to the seven-speed unit, and the move is in line with the core topic of efficiency the company is focusing on. In Europe, the DSG is still on the likes of the 3.0 TDI and 2.0 TDI variants.

Cosmetic enhancements include revised headlamps, a new rear diffuser and new tapered front grille. The Q5 now wears the new single-frame grille with beveled upper edges, while the front bumpers integrate air inlets with high-gloss black inserts and fog lights with chrome rings.

Audi Q5 facelift launched – 2.0 TFSI, RM328k

Elsewhere, the headlamps feature LED daytime running lights now shaped as curved bands that surround the headlights. At the back, the tail lights also incorporate a visually uniform LED light strip, and aside from the new diffuser insert, there are also fresh tailpipes.

New to the reworked SUV is the inclusion of a start-stop system, which the outgoing model didn’t incorporate, an updated electro-mechanical steering and revisions to the suspension.

The steering system – which adjusts its power assist to vehicle speed – gives the driver a better feel for the road with direct gearing, the company states, and as for the suspension, the five-link front and trapezoidal-link rear set-up features changes to the spring, shock absorber and anti-roll bar settings.

Audi Q5 facelift launched – 2.0 TFSI, RM328k

As for the interior, more of the controls are now trimmed in chrome, and modifications have been made to the steering column control stalks, the ignition key and the instruments. The centre console panels are now finished in high-gloss black, and the steering wheel wears a Q-specific design.

Ergonomics are also up – refinements have been made to the Audi drive select system, and the MMI navigation plus now has fewer buttons, with its volume dial having an additional skip function.

Order books are open for the 2.0 TFSI, which is priced at RM328,000 on-the-road, with first deliveries starting from end of this month. There’s the option of a S line exterior package, which combining exterior and interior styling bits – these include front and rear bumpers, side radiator grilles and diffuser insert in a striking and sporty design. Plonking it on adds RM36,000 to the final price.

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