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Facelifted Audi Q5 and red hot RS3 sedan debuts in Paris


With the Paris Motor Show in full swing, Audi has used the French showpiece to unveil the facelifted Q5 and red hot RS3 sedan.


Following a series of teaser images in the run-up to Paris, the wraps finally came off the revised Q5 on Thursday with the Ingolstadt automaker describing it as a goal post mover over the outgoing model.

Wider and longer than before, the Q5 now takes after the recently revised Q3 and Q7 in the styling department, with a new grille, optional Matrix LED headlights, subtly extended flared wheel arches and wheel sizes ranging from 17 to 21 inches.

Inside, the interior is claimed to be more spacious than before with notable changes being the inclusion of a an seven or 8.3-inch freestanding touchscreen display for the MMI infotainment system, optional Audi Virtual Cockpit display, integrated LTE and Wi-Fi hotspots, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, optional Bang & Olufsen sound system with 3D sound, wireless smarthphone charging pad and flexible rear seat entertainment in the form of a tablet.

Underneath the skin, the Q5 now makes use of Volkswagen's MLB evo platform which underpins the A4 and Q7, and which is claimed to shed 90 kg off the old MLB architecture. As well as Audi's new Dynamic steering, the Q5 can be also have with a choice of two extension stages for the damping and springs.

Available in five spec levels; Sport, Design, S-line Sport, Design Selection and S-line, the Q5 will initially go on sale in Europe with a choice of four TDI and one T FSI engine.

The line-up includes a 2.0T FSI with 185 kW and 370 N.m, a 2.0 TDI in three states of tune (110 kW / 340 N.m; 120 kW / 400 N.m and 140 kW / 400 N.m) and a 3.0 TDI V6 with 210 kW and 620 N.m. Transmission choices will consist of a six-speed manual, seven speed S tronic and a eight-speed Tiptronic, the latter on the V6 TDI only.

Prices in Germany will start from €45 100 (R702 105) when sales kick-off early next year.

RS3 sedan

Set to take on the Mercedes-Benz-AMG CLA45, the RS3 sedan supplements the existing Sportback in the A3 range, but with a substantial power hike from 270 kW and 465 N.m, to 294 kW and 480 N.m from the 2.5 T FSI five cylinder.

Made mostly from light alloy and being 26 kg lighter than the before, the engine allows the RS3 to reach 100 km/h from standstill in 4.1 secs, and on to a limited top speed of 250 km/h. As with the Sportback, a seven-speed S tronic sends power to all four wheels via Audi's famed quattro all-wheel drive system.

Being the new RS3 flagship, the sedan can be specified with a range of options including Audi's Virtual Display Cockpit, AudiConnect smartphone interface, 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, 3G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspots, Matrix LED headlights.

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