PARIS -- Audi aims to retain its leadership position in luxury crossovers with a second-generation Q5 that adds size, technology and power to the outgoing model.
The redesigned Q5 shown at the Paris auto show is longer, wider and taller with a longer wheelbase, but still lighter than the outgoing model, Audi says. The Q5 rides on Audi's next-generation platform for vehicles with longitudinally mounted engines, known as MLB Evo.
More than 1.6 million Q5s have been sold globally since the crossover debuted in 2008, and the stakes are high for its second generation. Audi will build the Q5 in its new plant in Mexico.
The Q5 in Europe will be offered with four diesel options and one turbocharged gasoline engine. In the U.S., the Q5 gets a 252-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, adding 32 hp from the outgoing Q5's 2.0-liter mill.
The same complement of technology and driver-assist systems Audi offers on the A4 sedan and Q7 large crossover will be added to the Q5, including Audi's virtual cockpit digital instrument cluster, its latest MMI infotainment system and driver aids such as adaptive cruise control, lane assist and traffic-jam assist, which allows for limited hands-free driving at slow speeds.
A sportier SQ5 model with a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 will also be offered to American consumers, according to an Audi spokesman.
U.S. sales will begin in the first half of 2017, likely in the second quarter after European deliveries begin early next year.