Audi let loose a whole plethora of information on its new 2013 models today, and the Q5 and Q7 are seeing significant changes and a new connected infotainment system for 2013.
The Q5 features a slight redesign of the headlights, front grill, bumper and new rear tail lamps and lift gate. Q5 will also now be sold with a hybrid powertrain option. This pairs the company’s 2.0T engine to a lithium-ion battery powered hybrid system. The 2013 Audi Q5 will be available with 3.0L V6 supercharged engine, which will replace the old 3.2L V6. The new engine, called the 3.0T, makes 272 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The old 2.0T will remain unchanged. The Q5 also gets a revised interior.
The Q5 is expected to land in Mid-Fall, and the new Q5 3.0T should arrive in the winter. Prices for the Q5 haven’t been revealed.
The Q7 also receives a new engine option this year. A 3.0-liter V6 TDI diesel is now available, and makes 240 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. Audi points out that this engine is lighter than the old one. The company says that the new TDI engine is 12 percent better than the last one, and can get 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. The Q7 also gets a new option for an integrated rear-seat entertainment system. The Q7 will start at $46,800.
Additionally, both the Q5 and Q7 will be available with Audi’s new infotainment system called Audi connect. Audi connect uses a 3G connection to provide cloud based services like Google Maps and Google Voice Local Search. This allows drivers to get real-time fuel prices, weather forecast, news and travel information all via voice recognition. Audi Connect also features an option to enable a Wi-Fi connection for up to eight wireless enabled devices.