Audi has launched the new Q5 and SQ5 models in the Middle East markets this week. Into their second generation, the Q5 crossover, and its sportier sibling, the SQ5 is now available across dealerships in the UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Lebanon and Jordan.

The revised styling is headlined by the new family face with a ‘Singleframe’ grille flanked by LED or high-resolution Matrix LED headlights. A more distinct shoulder line and beefier wheel arches add character to the profile, while the rear gets a tailgate that wraps around the C-pillars, redesigned taillights with dynamic turn indicators and a diffuser insert integrating the tailpipes. Available in 12 exterior colour options, the new model comes with a choice of three equipment lines – base, sport and design, in addition to the S line sport package, design selection and the S line exterior package.

It’s not just looks that have been altered. At 4,663mm long, 1,893mm wide, and 1,659mm tall, the new Q5 has grown in nearly all of its dimensions over its predecessor, but the engineers have managed to shave up to 90kg off its bulk, thanks to the use of high tensile steel and aluminium. Boasting a drag coefficient of 0.30, the Q5 is claimed to keep wind noises in the cabin very low, and vibration to the minimum.

The five-seater crossover also offers decent levels of practicality with cargo space up to 610 litres with the rear seats up and 1,550 litres with the second row folded down. It also comes equipped with a host of driver assist features including cross traffic assist rear, exit warning system, collision avoidance assist, turn assist, park assist and hill descent assist among others.

The Q5 is equipped with a 2.0-litre turbo four-pot that makes 252bhp and 370Nm, while the SQ5 is powered by a 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder mill that delivers 354bhp and 500Nm of torque. The new quattro drivetrain with ultra technology is standard, and it disengages the rear-axle drive whenever it is not needed, proactively re-engaging it when needed.

Prices in the UAE start at Dh183,900 for the Q5 and Dh249,000 for the SQ5.