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Beijing Auto Show: Audi Q5 facelift

Oh look! Another SUV! Why are we not surprised?

Proving once again that Beijing is all about the Sports Utility Vehicle, Audi has released the full official details of the facelifted Q5.

Exterior styling has been updated with slight changes to the grille, bumper and fog light surrounds while the headlights have been remodeled and there are the options of both LED lamps and xenon plus units. The rear end meanwhile has been treated to modifications to the diffuser and tailpipes. So generally, not a whole lot of difference then. But the Q5 has always been a good looking car so no need to mess with that too much.

A choice of two diesel and three petrol engines are available for 2013. The diesel variants start with the frugal 2.0 litre TDI unit that generates 138 bhp and 236 lb/ft of torque while offering an impressive fuel economy figure of 53mpg. Above it sits the 3.0 litre TDI which offers 236 bhp and 428 lb/ft of torque.

The petrol options consist of a 2.0 litre TFSI with 218 bhp and 258 lb/ft and a new turbocharged 3.0 litre V6 with 265 bhp and 295 lb/ft.

The final powertrain is the hybrid variant of the Q5 line-up and is only available with the brand's quattro 4WD system. It couples the 2.0 litre petrol engine with an electric motor to produce a combined output of 239 bhp and 354 lb/ft of torque.

Pricing for the 2013 Audi Q5 facelift will start at €39,900 in Europe for the base model which is a bump of just €150 over its predecessor. UK prices will be revealed soon.

Images and video courtesy of Audi

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more