He SUV segment luxury means It is hot. If this This year 2016 we have witnessed the premiere of imposing Porsche Macan and Jaguar F-Pace, who have closed the deal with product that did not exist above, and the hard core of the premium see almost completely renewed in 2017. There, by date, will match the very close and renovated generations Audi Q5 and BMW X3, ready to plant an impressive battle in its class. Yes because the two announce profound changes and, in practice, very evenly matched. Undoubtedly, the two SUV Germans try redialing the reference.
Audi Q5 and BMW X3: new platforms
We know the first thing will be to New Audi Q5. After presenting and marks the next generation A5 and A5 Sporback, will arrive in a few weeks turn an SUV that will begin marketing in early 2017. And it will do it big. Although it will not break sharply with its current design (Audi continues to believe that not playing too good aesthetics increases its residual value), this second generation Q5 will now take the new MLB platform Volkswagen group: Which take their larger models with longitudinal engine. It will grow something bring your body up to 4.67 to 4.70 meters long, a distance between axes extended also to be around 4.83 meters.
In front of him, BMW put on the asphalt somewhat later (It will be presented and from the second half of 2017) his new X3. And, like the Q5, with a look that will not differ much to the line adopted recently by BMW, but also with a major platform change. This time, the BMW X3 and rise above HPLC modular architecture (Architecture CLuster), recently released in its flagship 7 Series. This will also involve Audi and a slight increase in dimensions to win habitability and luggage, to separate the smallest BMW X1. The 4.70 meters will be also a good reference for future length.
Audi Q5 and BMW X3: lighter and technological
One of the main gains Audi Q5 promise both as BMW X3 with its platform change is a spectacular lightness. To get started, Audi sees its SUV will cut up to 100 kg, depending on version, thanks to this new MLB base. Q5 and promises to be one of the SUV lightest in its class, but above all, the most aerodynamic as we confess those responsible. If until now, of course, the best values corresponded to a Mercedes (GLC), this time Q5 ensures that beat new records with a record of Cx 0.30. Awesome.
In BMW, meanwhile, still they talk about aerodynamics, but Yes ... and lightness. Where appropriate, HPLC architecture introduced in the new X3 more steel of very high strength, in addition to more aluminum and magnesium in certain areas. Even so that the fiber reinforced polymers carbon type CFRP are reserved in the mark, for the moment, for the 7 Series models and above, this third generation SUV should also cut between 50 and 100 kg His weight.
But if we have already talked about greater lightness to the platform change, we must also stop technology, Another section It becoming greatly enhanced in Q5 and X3 thanks to new architectures. Audi, for example, will introduce its revamped all its new SUV means art equipment. No shortage therefore not important driving functions semiautonomous, nor more innovative infotainment system brand. Neither do their usual course, and now perfected, drive systems on demand. While, the X3 promises to be the most sophisticated SUV of its kind, adding many of the new automated driving assistants already seen in the 7 Series and recently announced for the Series 5. For example, you could ride his new active cruise control, which adapts the speed depending on traffic signals, and allows stay in the lane, follow the car ahead even without reading the lines of the road next to the active blind spot monitoring, always acting also on the direction if required.
Audi Q5 and BMW X3: engines and dynamic
Finally entering assess the dynamic section, so much Audi Q5 and BMW X3 also announced improved behavior. Clearly, lightness and aerodynamic improvements are enough reason, but there will be more news. At Audi Q5, for example, although it is not expected air suspension, if they promise their engineers more comfort and agility thanks in part to a renewed transmission. And is that the new ultra quattro, and staging at the last A4, will feature two clutches in the transmission line itself: the usual multi-core that varies the torque split between the two shafts, now joins other clutch on the right rear axle bearing. Thus, in good condition the system can decide to open both clutches for all major components of the transmission stop, producing minimum friction and friction.
In the future Audi Q5 range will continue to exist even the latest generation Diesel brand (no shortage of 2.0 TDI 150 and 190, and the 3.0 TDI including possibly Bi TDI would wear a possible SQ5 TDI with about 340 hp), nor the Mechanical latest TFSI petrol brand. It was also announced and to a Hybrid plug with up to 50 km of electric range... and even a hypothetical Q5 RS with at least 450 hp power. Points to Porsche Macan.
He BMW X3, meanwhile, if it was the most dynamic of its kind SUV, now only with its new lightweight structure stiffer and will have to be even better. Mechanically the new X3 should adopt and most of all the new engines already we tell you that debut next 3 Series: that is, Diesel could lead blocks 6, 4 (These two turbos cascade) and even and 3-cylinder, also figure would reach gasoline engines to promise savings of between 5 and 8 kg per block.
He BMW X3 It will therefore be more efficient and will include, as the Q5, one plug-in hybrid version called xDrive35e, similar to the X5, but with 184 hp more than 88 electrical CV. his 100% electric autonomy promises, yes, be somewhat less than that of Audi: 40 km. And, of course, if the promises Q5 sports versions, the next X3 will double the offer: is expected X3 M with V6 biturbo M3 and M4 for, with his all-wheel drive, perform a 431 CV power. You may also receive a X3 and M40i with about 350 hp power. Perhaps you do not expect BMW? The next match because we take a road. Hence, Audi Q5 and BMW X3 must demonstrate What it is the best SUV in its class.
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