Everything we know about the Audi Q5 e-tron as of December 2021

Three months after falling prey to China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology disclosure in August 2021, the Audi Q5 e-tron made its world debut at Auto Guangzhou 2021 in November 2021.

What is it?

The Audi Q5 e-tron is not the successor to the Audi e-tron but a longer, more spacious version of the Q4 e-tron that debuted in April 2021. Similar to the VW ID.6 that it is based on, this electric SUV is reserved for the Chinese market. An Audi Q6 e-tron is arriving in 2022, a global car which will eventually take the place of the Audi e-tron.

Exterior

The Audi Q5 e-tron looks like a big brother of the Q4 e-tron from every angle. Both its shape and design are very similar to those of the global compact electric SUV. The nearly identical design is a clear indication that the Q5 e-tron is a China-only model, as Audi wouldn’t design two global models closely.

At the front, the designers have used split headlamps. It looks like the flat upper half comprises the DRLs that can double as dynamic turn signals and the lower half vertically stacked main driving lights, both low beam and high beam. Audi will offer the Matrix LED lights for the high beam.

The Q5 e-tron has a closed panel, a structured surface with horizontal inserts, instead of a traditional grille. A chrome border surrounds this faux Singleframe, along with a black mask outside it. A powerfully contoured, curved blade extending under it runs sharply up at the ends. Vertical air inlets extend from below the headlamps, giving a sporty styling to the front-end.

The Q5 e-tron has a conventional SUV profile like the e-tron and Q4 e-tron. The roofline slants down gently, ensuring the dynamic look doesn’t significantly affect the headroom. It has a relatively straighter roofline like the VW ID.6, which would mean more headroom and better suitability for rear-seat-preferring Chinese customers.

Audi hasn’t used flush door handles on the Q5 e-tron. The company isn’t a fan of pop-out door handles and has stuck to the classic type even on the flagship EV – the e-tron GT.

At the rear, the Q5 e-tron has a confident and striking design. In addition to the familiar crossover-style hunched tailgate, the new model makes a fashion statement with a wide V-shaped license plate area, sleek tail lamps with a thin light band connecting them, and an e-tron logo embossed in the skid plate.

Interior

The Audi Q5 e-tron apes the Q4 e-tron on the inside. From the new-generation Audi steering wheel with flattened top and bottom sections to the fancy dashboard with sharp lines and angular AC vents on the sides of the steering wheel, the hexagonal binnacle for the operating display, the wide driver-side-tilted touchscreen, the floating operating panel below the climate control operating unit, the e-tron badge on the driver-side dashboard, and the triangular door handle section, it borrows almost every part from the Q4 series.

The Audi Q5 e-tron is a three-row electric SUV. It will be available in 6-seat and 7-seat configurations, with the former featuring relatively individual seats in the second row for more comfort, and both versions should offer a flat floor. Second-row occupants get their own AC vents, located between the front seats, and there’s a central armrest for their comfort.

Key interior features of the Q5 e-tron include a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, Augmented Reality Head-Up Display, touch-operated steering wheel buttons, 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system, 13-speaker Bang & Olufsen 3D surround sound system, and a panoramic sunroof.

Audi offers the Q5 e-tron with the Audi Pro pilot suite of autonomous driving technologies. The company has equipped it with the Mobileye EyeQ4 processor, 3 mm-wave radars, 12 ultrasonic sensors, 4 surround-view cameras, and a multifunctional camera for L2+ assisted driving.

Specifications

The Audi Q5 e-tron is the premium cousin of the China-only VW ID.6 and shares the same VW MEB platform. It measures 4,876 mm (192.0 in.) in length, 1,860 mm (73.2 in.) in width, and 1,675 mm (65.9 in.) in height. It has a 2,965 mm (116.7 in.) wheelbase, which is identical to the VW ID.6.

Leaked details prior to the unveil suggested that the Q5 e-tron will come in three variants, namely Q5 35 e-tron, Q5 40 e-tron, and Q5 50 e-tron quattro. However, Audi is offering only the Q5 40 e-tron and Q5 50 e-tron quattro at launch.

ParameterAudi Q5 e-tron SpecsVW ID.6 SpecsDifference
Length4,876 mm (192.0 in.)4,876 mm (192.0 in.)±0 mm (±0 in.)
Width1,860 mm (73.2 in.)1,848 mm (72.8 in.)-12 mm (-0.5 in.)
Height1,675 mm (65.9 in.)1,680 mm (66.1 in.)-5 mm (-0.2 in.)
Wheelbase2,965 mm (116.7 in.)2,965 mm (116.7 in.)±0 mm (±0 in.)
Dimensions of the Audi Q5 e-tron compiled with data from Chinese portals.

The unlisted Q5 35 e-tron is a single-motor RWD configuration with a 132 kW (177 hp) motor. The Q5 40 e-tron is also a single-motor RWD configuration but with a more powerful, 150 kW (201 hp) motor. The torque output of this motor is 310 Nm (229 lb.-ft.).

The Q5 50 e-tron quattro is a dual-motor AWD configuration with an 80 kW (107 hp) front motor and a 150 kW (201 hp) rear motor. United Automotive Electronic Systems is the supplier of the new electric SUV’s rear motor. Huayu Magna Electric Drive System makes its front motor. The front and rear motors together deliver 225 kW (302 hp) of power and 460 Nm (339 lb.-ft.) of torque. A 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint takes 6.7 seconds.

The Q5 40 e-tron and Q5 50 e-tron share an 83.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that offers a CLTC range of 560 km (348 miles) in the former and 520 km (323 miles) in the latter.

An Audi Q5 60 e-tron is also under development, k.sina.com.cn revealed through a spy shot on December 11, 2021. This variant should have individual motors for the front and rear axles, but the power and torque outputs could be higher. We are yet to find out whether the battery pack will be the same 83.4 kWh unit or if Audi is planning a bigger capacity. While Audi is working on a ~100 kWh battery pack, it makes sense to offer it on premium, global model first.

Price & Release Date

Reports suggest that Volkswagen, the brand, is considering launching the China-made ID.6 in Europe. But we doubt Audi will do the same with the Q5 e-tron, as it has kept the world premiere low profile and avoided a global announcement. Markets outside China will get the upcoming Q6 e-tron, although that model does not offer three-row seating.

Customer deliveries of the Audi Q5 e-tron will likely begin in early 2022. Q5 pre-sale prices in China are as follows:

  • Q5 40 e-tron – CNY 400,000 (USD 62,625)
  • Q5 50 e-tron quattro – CNY 500,000 (USD 78,282)
  • Q5 50 e-tron quattro edition one – CNY 520,000 (USD 81,413)

The Q5 40 e-tron is available as a six-seater and also a seven-seater, while the Q5 50 e-tron quattro and Q5 50 e-tron quattro edition one are available only as a six-seater.

Aspect\SpecificationAudi Q5 40 e-tronAudi Q5 50 e-tronAudi Q5 50 e-tron edition one
LayoutRWDAWDAWD
MotorsOneTwoTwo
System Power150 kW (201 hp)225 kW (302 hp)225 kW (302 hp)
System Torque310 Nm (229 lb.-ft.)460 Nm (339 lb.-ft.)460 Nm (339 lb.-ft.)
Range (CLTC)560 km (348 miles)520 km (323 miles)520 km (323 miles)
Seating6 or 766
Audi Q5 e-tron variant-wise specifications (Source: SAIC-Volkswagen/saic-audi.cn)

The Q5 35 e-tron and Q5 60 e-tron may go on sale a few months after the Q5 40 e-tron and Q5 50 e-tron.

Production

We understand that the Audi Q5 e-tron is a product of the SAIC-Volkswagen joint venture company. So, expect production to take place alongside the ID.4 and ID.6 at the JV company’s new eco-friendly MEB factory in Anting, China. Anting is the Volkswagen Group’s first MEB plant worldwide built from the ground-up exclusively for pure electric vehicles.

Audi – In China, for China

Audi has adapted products to a great extent for Chinese customers over the last two decades. It all began with the launch of a specially developed A6 with a long wheelbase in 1999. The company has since upgraded its China strategy to launch China-exclusive models in addition to exclusive long-wheelbase versions of global models.

In 2019, Audi launched the Q2 L e-tron in China, and earlier this year, the Audi A7L. However, these were derivatives. Now, it’s set to launch a model developed from scratch for the local market – the Audi Q5 e-tron. The company will continue with this market-specific approach, the basis of which, Werner Eichorn, President, Audi (China), says, is the idea of ‘In China for China.’

Audi Q5 e-tron FAQs

When is the Audi Q5 e-tron world premiere?

The Q5 e-tron debuted at the 2021 Guangzhou Auto Show on November 19, 2021, and it will go on sale in a few months.

What is the Audi Q5 e-tron release date in Europe & U.S.?

The Q5 e-tron is unlikely to launch globally as it appears to be a China-only exercise. The Q6 e-tron however would be a global car.

Which models will be the Audi Q5 e-tron competitors?

The Audi Q5 e-tron could compete with the likes of the Tesla Model Y.

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