Audi Q5 Petrol Version Launched At INR 55.27 Lakh
The Indian subsidiary of the German luxury automaker Audi has launched the 2018 Audi Q5 petrol variant priced at Rs 55.27 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The automaker had launched the Q5 diesel in India only early this year in January. The 2018 Audi Q5 petrol has been launched in two variants- Technology and Premium Plus, while the Premium Plus variant costs Rs 55.27 lakh (ex-showroom India), the Technology variant comes with a price tag of Rs 59.79 lakh (ex-showroom India).
Commenting on the launch, Rahil Ansari - Audi India head said, "In line with our petrol strategy, we clearly want to increase the contribution of petrol variants in our total sales and with the launch of the Audi Q5 45 TFSI, our entire Q range is now available with petrol options. The Audi Q5 is one of the bestselling models in its class in India and with the launch of the petrol variant; the model will further strengthen its foothold in the Indian market. We received over 500 bookings for the all new Audi Q5 TDI (diesel) model within a month of its launch in India, a testimony to its leadership position in the segment."
Under the hood, the newly launched Audi Q5 petrol version comes powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre TFSI engine that churns out a maximum power of 248 bhp and is capable of developing a peak torque of 370 Nm. The engine is mated to a seamless 7-speed dual clutch transmission and features Audi's signature Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Also, the engine is capable of doing 0 to 100 kmph in a claimed time of 6.3 seconds with a top speed of 237 kmph.
In terms of looks and design, the petrol version of the Audi Q5 looks identical to the Q5 diesel model launched in January 2018. The only noticeable change comes in the form of the '45 TFSI' badge at the rear instead of the '35 TDI' seen on the diesel version. The features at the exterior include Audi's signature single-frame grill with chrome treatment that is flanked by a pair of sharp-looking Matrix LED headlamps (on the top-end model) with integrated LED daytime running lamps along with the same five-spoke alloy wheels as well as an array of customization options for the interested customers.
Similar to the exterior, the interior of the 2018 Audi Q5 petrol remains unchanged as the Q5 diesel. The features include the same beige and black dual tone interior with wooden inlays for the dashboard and centre console as well as an updated Audi MMI system with an 8.3-inch display featuring navigation. Though, the integrated system is not a touchscreen unit, but Audi has given rotary knob on the centre console that allows passengers to toggle between settings. The system also comes paired with Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system along with other highlights at the dashboard including the 12.3-inch virtual cockpit instrument cluster that shows a host of information including maps, music, contacts and real-time fuel consumption, distance to empty, average speed and many more.
Also, talking about Audi's strategy 2020, Rahil Ansari commented, "The strategy involves introducing new body types as well as alternative powertrains. Audi sold 90% of its cars with a diesel engine in 2015. This came down to 70% by end of last year. For 2020, we aim for Audi to sell 50% of the cars with petrol engines."
Other highlights of the newly launched Audi Q5 petrol include smartphone integration, intelligent voice dialogue system, wireless charging for Qi-enabled phones, 10GB worth storage space for your music, navigation, three-zone climate control, cruise control, leather upholstery and power-adjustable front seats upholstered in leather as well as rear view camera, park assist, hill descent assist, 8 airbags, tyre pressure monitoring system and electromechanical parking brake among others.
The 2018 Q5 petrol model takes against the likes of the Volvo XC60, Mercedes-Benz GLC 300, Lexus NX300h, and the recently launched BMW X3 xDrive30i in the premium mid-size SUV segment in the country.
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