Audi’s popular Q5 crossover SUV just got a big tech upgrade

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Audi unveiled the next generation of its luxury crossover, the Q5, at the Paris Motor Show that opened to the public October 1.

With some major tech updates and a revamped design, the new Q5 does not disappoint.

Scroll down for a closer look.


Meet the second-generation Audi Q5. The car is 200 pounds lighter than its predecessor, and has a slightly larger wheelbase to increase legroom in the back.

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The SUV can fit five people and comes in 14 different colors. It comes with perks like steering wheel heating, a massage function for the seats, and 30 different ambient light options for the interior.


But the real upgrade is inside. The traditional instrument cluster has been replaced by a 12.3-inch screen that allows driver’s to pull up a heads-up display on the windshield.

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There’s also an 8.3-inch display that recognizes hand-written entries and gestures. The display, which also comes with voice control, can sync to your phone, play music, and show navigation information.

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The Q5 has up to 30 different semi-autonomous features. For example, it has advanced cruise control that can operate in traffic heavy zones as well as active lane assist, which uses lane markings to keep you in the proper lane.

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The car also comes with “personal route assist” that allows it to learn your route preferences and factor that into consideration when you use the car’s navigation system.

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The car also comes with blind spot detection and can show surrounding views of the car in the center display when the driver is attempting to park.

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The Q5 will also be able to detect vacant parking spots thanks to Audi’s partnership with map-maker HERE. The HERE platform will also alert drivers of accidents or traffic congestion in real time.

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You can read more about the HERE platform.


The car will first roll out in Europe in early 2017 with a starting price of $50,606, but US pricing hasn’t been announced yet. It will become available in the US in the summer of 2017.

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