Audi has unveiled its second-generation Q5 mid-size SUV at the Paris Motor Show over the weekend. Having been reworked ground up, the all-new Q5 is lighter, gets more powerful engines, and boasts better connectivity and driver assistance systems. Built on the Volkswagen group’s new MLB platform, which also underpins the new A4 saloon, the new Q5 is lighter than the first generation model by up to 90 kilograms depending on the engines used.

At 4,660mm long, 1,890mm wide and 1,660mm tall with a 2,820mm wheelbase, the new Q5 has grown in every dimension over the current model. This has also translated into more space for the driver and passengers, while the luggage space has also increased to 610 litres, which is 10 litres more than in the first-gen model. The boot volume goes up even further to 1,550 litres with the rear benches folded down.

“With the new Q5 we are setting the bar a notch higher. Among the great innovations are the quattro drive system with ultra technology, highly efficient engines, the air suspension with damper control and a comprehensive line-up of infotainment and assistance systems.” Says Rupert Stadler, chairman of the Board of Management at Audi.

With its new ‘Singleframe’ grille, slimmer headlights, a raked roofline, a bold character and lots of chrome trim, the Q5 looks very similar to the current generation model of the larger Q7. Powertrain options include a 2.0 TFSI engine with an output of 252 horsepower, which Audi claims will return fuel economy figures as low as 6.8 litres per 100km. Aiding efficiency is the quattro system with ultra-technology that disengages the rear-axle drive whenever it is not necessary, and re-engage it when it senses the need to.

The Q5’s cabin has also received a major upgrade, and comes with a 12.7in Virtual Cockpit display behind the steering wheel. The Paris show also saw the debut of a new Sportback version of the A5 and S5, along with an even sportier RS3 saloon.