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Audi has released details of its new Q5 SUV, which will be on sale before Christmas 2008.

A smaller relative to the Q7, this car has a 2.81 metre wheelbase which means that it comfortably seats five adults and still can be adapted by folding the rear seats to create a second storage area, or even folding the front passenger seat to contain a surfboard within the vehicle.

The Q5 will have three engine variants – one petrol engine and two TDI units. A two-litre 2.0 TFSI produces torque of 350 Nm from 1,500 rpm and has a top speed of 138mph. The two-litre TDI boasts an impressive top speed of 204 km/h – over 125 miles per hour – and the 3.0 TDI can achieve 0 to 62mph in 6.5 seconds. Both the diesel engines also use the seven-speed S tronic shift which can allow for automatic or for the driver to select the gears manually.

If used as a towing vehicle it can pull up to two tons. The ABS and ESP allow for all sorts of tricks, and adjust for road surface. The Q5 can climb an incline of 31 degrees.

It is anticipated that the cost will be around £30,000.


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