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2018 Audi Q5: A lighter, livelier and better-looking crossover

An all-new Audi Q5 crossover debuts for the 2018 model year that's lighter, more efficient and sharper-looking than its best-selling predecessor.

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Audi's all-new Q5 crossover SUV will arrive in US dealers in the spring of 2017 as a 2018 model.

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A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine powers the Q5 producing 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque on 17.4 pounds of boost.

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While the previous model used an eight-speed automatic transmission, the new Q5 swaps in a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox with excellent shift speeds and a responsive manual shift function.

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The Q5's Quattro all-wheel-drive system can decouple the rear axle when not needed to help improve efficiency. When extra grip is needed, the system automatically reengages the rear axle on the fly.

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While adaptive dampers and air suspension are available in other markets, US-bound Q5s will only offer the adaptive dampers with steel coil springs.

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All Q5 infotainment systems will come standard with Apple CarPlay and Andriod Auto capabilities.

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Compared to the old car, the new Q5 can have a curb weight that's up to 198 pounds lighter depending on trim level.

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Like the TT, A4 and Q7, the Q5 is available with Audi's Virtual Cockpit that uses a high-resolution 12.3-inch screen to replace the traditional gauge cluster.

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Adaptive cruise control, active lane assist, rear cross traffic alert, automatic emergency braking and an exit warning system are among the safety technologies available in the new Q5.

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With the rear seats folded down, the new Q5 offers 54.7 cubic feet of cargo space.

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