Audi has been testing the Q5 facelift in the Indian market for quite sometime now. The company has pushed the launch to 2013 and we could expect it in the first quarter. Audi used the Beijing Motor Show as the platform to showcase the Q5 update.
We caught the Q5 cruising on the Powai highway which leads Andheri. There were no badges and from the engine we could guess it was the diesel.
The 2013 Q5 sports Audi’s new six-point front grille with chrome inserts accompanied by revised headlamp fixtures with LEDs and a slightly redesigned front bumper with new fog lamps. At the back we find tweaked tail lamp graphics and a modified rear apron. The changes on the inside are limited to a more premium trim and the new steering wheel design.
The Audi Q5 facelift is expected to come with a slightly recalibrated chassis, a new suspension and the new 3.0 litre TFSI engine, which will join the current engine lineup.
The Audi Q5 competes with the likes of BMW X3 and the Range Rover Evoque, a slightly more priced competitor in the Indian market. It may also get competition from Jeep which is planning to launch the Grand Cherokee in the Indian market in 2013. (Fiat Chrysler to announce its India plans on 6th Dec)
Audi has been revising and launching new models at a faster rate to keep itself ahead of the competition which is getting fiercer with new players joining the band.