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Audi's Q5 emerges slimmer and sexier

With less curb weight, a new air suspension system and a revised all-wheel drive system, Audi's number one luxury crossover is poised to keep topping its segment.

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The Audi Q5 is the brand's cash cow, so it stands to reason that a new Q5 would be a blowout affair.

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When it arrives in the US, it'll come in two distinct trims.

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The standard Q5 features a 252-horsepower four-cylinder, mated to a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission.

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The hopped-up SQ5 puts out 354 horsepower and 369 torques, and that comes with an eight-speed automatic.

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Both cars feature a massively revised exterior that's reminiscent of the new Q7.

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That likeness continues inside as the Q5 picks up the Q7's touchpad and steering wheel, as well as the optional Virtual Cockpit.

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The Q5 is larger in every way, but Audi dropped the curb weight by relying on new materials.

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Its Quattro all-wheel drive system has also been massively revised and now features a rear axle that can decouple to improve efficiency.

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There are a bunch of safety systems on offer too, including autonomous emergency braking and adaptive cruise control with traffic-jam assist.

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Both Q5 variants will go on sale in the US in early 2017.

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