Audi Australia has opened the order books for its new Audi Q5 3.0 TDI, with prices starting at $83,900 plus on-road costs for customer arrivals beginning in September.
The second-generation Audi Q5 medium SUV range was launched in July 2017 in 2.0-litre TDI (diesel) and 2.0 TFSI (petrol) guises, priced from $65,900 to $73,211 respectively.
The all-new 3.0-litre V6 diesel TDI tops the regular Q5 model line-up, providing more grunt and a strong list of standard features to boot. The performance-oriented petrol SQ5 remains the flagship model in the range.
According to Audi Australia director of product and pricing Shawn Ticehurst, the decision to add the new 3.0 TDI Q5 was made to satisfy customer demands for more power.
"The 2.0 TDI and TFSI four-cylinder engines have impressed owners with their versatility of use – a great balance between performance and efficiency,” he said.
“However, our customers have been clear in expressing their desire for an even more powerful model in the range, and so we are delighted to add the new 3.0 TDI V6 to our Q5 line-up to satisfy those customers.”
The powerplant in question delivers a claimed 210kW and 620Nm, channeled through an eight-speed tiptronic automatic transmission, and put to the ground through Audi's quattro all-wheel drive system that distributes torque 40:60 front-to-rear “under normal driving conditions”.
This translates to a 0-100km/h sprint time of 5.8 seconds, and a combined fuel consumption figure of 6.3 litres per 100 kilometres.
With the Audi SQ5 – the performance version of the Q5 SUV – no longer available with a diesel engine option, the addition of the 3.0 TDI Q5 may help to bridge a gap.
For comparison, the previous SQ5 produced 240kW of power and 650Nm of torque from its twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6, up 30kW and 30Nm over the new-generation Q5 3.0 TDI.
Standard features exclusive to the 3.0 TDI include a 360-degree camera, park assist, heated seats with memory function on the driver's side, an electrically adjustable steering column with automatic entry and exit functions as well as heated, folding and auto-dimming exterior mirrors.
As with its four-cylinder siblings, the Audi Q5 3.0 TDI scores a five-star ANCAP safety rating.
2018 Audi Q5 list pricing
Audi Q5 design 2.0 TDI – automatic – $65,900
Audi Q5 sport 2.0 TDI – automatic – $70,700
Audi Q5 sport 2.0 TFSI – automatic – $73,211
Audi Q5 sport 3.0 TDI – automatic – $83,900
Audi SQ5 3.0 TFSI - automatic - $99,611
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