Cue The New Audi Q5, Straight From LA

Audi is bringing the all-new Q5 in the L.A. Auto Show for its first appearance on U.S. soil.

American customers will be offered initially a single powertrain choice in the 2018 Audi Q5 and that’s the 252hp 2.0-litre TFSI petrol engine paired to a seven-speed S-Tronic dual-clutch gearbox.

Performance is more than adequate, as Audi claims a 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) time of 5.9 seconds, 1.1 seconds faster than the model it replaces. Power is transmitted to all four wheels via a new generation of the brand’s signature Quattro system that uses an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch along with a decoupling rear axle differential to achieve fully variable torque distribution.

The front five-link suspension is fully redesigned in order to provide more comfort and more agility to the model’s driving character. Audi will offer an adaptive suspension as an option, featuring continuous electronic damper control and different operating modes through the company’s Drive select system.

The Audi Drive Select offers five different driving modes – comfort, auto, dynamic, offroad, and individual, helping the driver to choose the option that best suits the driving conditions and handling preferences.

The cabin of the new Audi Q5 promises to offer a greater feeling of spaciousness, including more legroom and shoulder room at the back and the latest tech features of the brand, such as the optional Virtual Cockpit, MMI Touch infotainment and the standard smartphone connectivity features like Apple Car Play and Android Auto.

Audi has also given the new Q5 a full suite of advanced active safety systems, such as the standard pre sense city system that can initiate full braking at speed of up to 52mph when it detects cornering and stationary vehicles, as well as pedestrians that could lead to a potential collision. Another highlight is the traffic jam assist system that can operate the vehicle at speeds between 0 to 40mph during congested traffic.

The all-new 2018 Audi Q5 will go on sale in the U.S. market in spring 2017, with pricing and fuel economy details to be announced closer to that date.