The 2017 Audi Q5 will reaching Malaysia in the third quarter of 2017, a source from Audi Malaysia told Audi is currently having the international press presentation of the second-generation Q5 in Mexico, which is the global production hub for the premium midsize SUV.

The new Q5 replaces the original that made its debut back in 2008. Since then, Ingolstadt has shipped over 1.6 million units of the popular model, catching the SUV wave very early. This second-gen Q5 made its world debut at the Paris Motor Show in September, and will go on sale in major markets such as North America and Europe in January 2017.

Audi’s penchant for evolutionary design masks an SUV that’s up to 90 kg lighter than before, thanks to the use of steel with maximum tensile strength as well as aluminium. The weight loss is despite the Q5 growing in overall length (4.66m), wheelbase (2.82m), height (1.66m) and boot volume (550 litres).

Launch engines include a latest-gen 2.0 litre TFSI petrol unit with 252 hp and 370 Nm of torque, a 2.0 TDI and a 3.0 TDI V6 with 286 hp and 620 Nm. The sole gasoline mill – which is mated to a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch gearbox and is capable of 0-100 km/h in 6.3 seconds – is the variant that will be coming to Malaysia, based on logic and trend.

The new Audi Q5 will be welcomed to the premium midsize SUV class by the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC and Lexus NX.