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Audi Displays New Q5 and RS 3 plus A5 Sportback at Paris Motor Show

Audi Displays New Q5 and RS 3 plus A5 Sportback at Paris Motor Show

By Philly Murtha, October 02, 2016
Volkswagen Group’s Audi premium car division unveiled a larger, more spacious 2018 Q5 compact premium SUV with an array of high-tech features and more efficient powertrain at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Other new models in the limelight included the 2017 RS 3 compact sedan with a robust 400-horsepower powertrain that will reach U.S. showrooms in the summer of 2017 and the 2017 A5/S5 Sportback compact premium car with a more swashbuckling appearance.

The latest Q5 boasts new diesel engines—likely only for the European market—and is 198 pounds lighter than the prior model, with a sleeker shape for enhanced aerodynamics. The second-generation Q5’s new quattro all-wheel-drive system disengages the rear-axle drive whenever it isn’t needed for optimal efficiency, without diminishing traction, Audi says. New chassis choices and air suspension are available along with high-tech features including Audi connect, the Audi virtual cockpit, infotainment systems, and a host of advanced driver-assistance features.

In addition, Audi showed off its RS 3 Sedan that channels pure energy with its 2.5-liter, 5-cylinder TFSI power unit that makes 400 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque. The new RS 3 is wider than the base model and features a Singleframe grille with quattro logo and signature large oval exhaust tailpipes. The interior has been accessorized to create more of a motorsports feel with black instrument dials and red needles; a rev counter in the center; and tire pressure, torque, and g-force displays. It will be available in the United States next summer.

Audi also showed off its A5 Sportback 5-door compact premium coupe with wide grille and expanded dimensions, including a 17-cu.-ft. luggage compartment and a choice of new engines. The sporty car’s variable suspension uses continuous damping control technology and works with four different driving modes. A performance S5 model with a 3.0-liter TFSI gasoline engine that produces 349 horsepower also is for sale.

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