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2021 Audi Q5 gets a host of exterior upgrades, fresh infotainment tech

Audi has given the Q5 a fresh design and power boost for the 2021 model year.

Photo courtesy of Audi AG

Audi has revealed the details of its mid-cycle refresh of its two-row Q5 SUV. The German automaker is giving the model the typically refresh touches including upgrades to the exterior and infotainment system.

The 2021 Audi Q5 has Audi's new design language front and center with a thinned Singleframe grille that sits wider across the front. The side intakes are taller and have trapezoidal inserts. At the rear, a new trim element connects the taillights and there's a new horizontal diffuser insert.

2021 Audi Q5 New grille designs vary by trim level.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

Models get their own unique exterior touches as well. Audi is equipping the Q5 45 TSFI model with a standard Advanced line exterior, which includes vertical chrome strips in the grille and silver accents in the front and rear bumpers. The Q5 PHEV comes standard with the S line exterior which includes a sportier honeycomb structure in the Singleframe grille. Its front and rear diffuser design is more aggressive.

The SUVs get standard 18-inch five-arm-star design wheels while 19-inch five-double-arm design wheels with a bi-color finish and 20-inch five-arm-design wheels are available.

The Q5 PHEV has standard 19-inch five-double-arm design wheels and available 20-inch five-arm-design wheels with a bi-color finish. With the available Sport plus package, buyers get an adaptive air suspension, 20-inch 10-spoke-star design wheels in platinum finish with summer tires, front sport seats, S line leather/Dinamica seats, black headliner, and brushed aluminum inlays.

2021 Audi Q5 LED highlights are standard on the 2021 Q5.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

SQ5 models receive standard 20" 10-spoke-star-design wheels in platinum finish with summer tires. Buyers can get the SQ5 with a black optic package, which adds matte black roof rails, high-gloss black exterior mirror housings and black exterior accents along with 20" 5-V-spoke-star design wheels in bi-color finish with summer tires (all-season 20" tires optional). With the package, upgrading to 21-inch five-arm-polygon design wheels with summer tires is available. The company also sells 21-inch five-V-spoke-offset design wheels with bi-color finish fo this grade.

Quad hot pipes that release an increased exhaust note are available for the SQ5.

Audi is adding District Green and Ultra Blue paint colors as options on Q5 PHEV and SQ5 models.

All Q5 SUVs get standard LED headlights and taillights with dynamic turn signals. Top-tier models get matriculates-design LED headlights. SQ5 models get next-gen OLED technology.

2021 Audi Q5 SQ5 models get unique exhaust options.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

All variants of the 2021 Q5 will continue to be powered by the same engines as the 2020 models. The 2.0-liter TFSI engine gets a 13 horsepower increase for the new model year and a 12-volt mild-hybrid system. That brings its total up to 261 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque.

The PHEV models the same engine, but it's coupled with an electric motor. It achieves 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.

Both engines are paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel drive.

The SQ5 has had its standard 3.0-liter TFSI engine tuned so it can get the model off the line faster, lowering its zero to 60 mph time by half a second. The engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

2021 Audi Q5 The grille of the Q5 is wider and slimmer than before.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

Audi has given the interior of the Q5 what it's calling "functional refinements". At the center of the dashboard is a 10.1-inch infotainment touch screen that backed by the new MIB 3 infotainment system.

Buyers can opt for the second-generation Audi virtual cockpit plus featuring a 12.3-inch display. The driver can choose between three viewing modes – classic, sport and dynamic. On SQ5 models, sport mode replaces the classic mode as the default view, and an S Performance mode is added, which brings the tachometer and the speedometer to the front and center of the display and allows for customizable displays to the left and right of the screen.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, as is the Integrated Toll Module.

Additional refinement include new walnut wood inlays and leather seating surfaces, now with contrast stitching, as well as standard high-gloss black interior trim elements. On SQ5 models, electronic steering column adjustment is now standard.

2021 Audi Q5 Audi has given the SUV a 10.1-inch infotainment screen.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

Q5 buyers can upgrade to a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system with 3D sound that delivers 705 watts of sound.

The 2021 Q5 comes with a free list of standard and available safety and driver assist technology:

  • Standard Audi side assist provides blind spot monitoring via LED indicators on the exterior mirror housings at speeds above 9 mph.
  • Standard Lane departure warning helps keep the driver within the driving lane, if the lane is about to be departed, through corrective steering intervention and adjustable wheel vibration at speeds above 40 mph.
  • Standard Audi pre sense rear (as part of Audi side assist) uses radar sensors in the rear bumper to help detect an impending rear-end collision, and can initiate preventative measures.
  • Standard Parking system plus helps make parking easier with front and rear proximity acoustic parking sensors, when the vehicle is in both reverse and drive, at speeds under 6 mph.
  • Standard Rear cross traffic assist (as part of Audi side assist and parking system plus) supports the driver when reversing out of a perpendicular parking space. Indicator arrows in the MMI display can help inform the driver of approaching vehicles, and in critical situations, a warning tone and brake jolt can be applied, prompting the driver to fully stop the vehicle.
  • Available Adaptive cruise control with Traffic Jam assist (now standard on Premium Plus trim levels) assists the driver with acceleration and braking, maintaining speed and following distance between speeds of 0-95 mph and during traffic jam situations between speeds of 0-40 mph.
  • Available Top view camera system (now standard on Premium Plus trim levels) uses four wide-angle 360-degree cameras to display the entire area surrounding, projected on the MMI screen, allowing the driver to "see" around the vehicle to help with maneuvering in tight spaces.

2021 Audi Q5 The SUV comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

Audi is pricing the Q5 to start at $43,300. The SQ5 starts at $52,900. Pricing for the Q5 PHEV had not yet been released. All prices exclude the destination charge.

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2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe starts at $59,495

The Grand Cherokee 4xe is premium, inside and out.

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Last year, Jeep electrified the Wrangler, its most iconic model, with an innovative plug-in hybrid powertrain (PHEV). Not long after, the brand announced a similar version of the Grand Cherokee. The upscale electrified off-roader offers plenty of standard tech and features, solid safety equipment, and 25 miles of all-electric range. Today, Jeep announced pricing for the SUV, which will start arriving in dealers this spring.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe The 4xe powertrain delivers up to 25 miles of all electric range. Jeep/Stellantis

Pricing for the 4xe lineup starts at:

  • Grand Cherokee 4xe: $59,495
  • Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe: $64,280
  • Grand Cherokee Overland 4xe: $67,555
  • Grand Cherokee Summit 4xe: $71,615
  • Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve 4xe: $76,095
The Grand Cherokee 4xe comes with a turbocharged 2.0-,item inline-four that combines with two electric motors for a total output of 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. The 4xe powertrain includes plug-in hybrid technology, which enables all-electric driving. In the Grand Cherokee, there's up to 25 miles of electric range, which could enable a completely gas-free ownership experience for people with short commutes. Once the electric range is exhausted the vehicle functions like a normal hybrid, and the batteries must be recharged to replenish range.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe The Grand Cherokee joins the Wrangler 4xe in Jeep's electrified lineup.Jeep/Stellantis

Fortunately, the 4xe's premium starting price buys a premium SUV, even at the base level. Standard features include Capri leather upholstery, a 10.1-inch touchscreen and 10.25-inch passenger display. A dual-pane panoramic moonroof and heated power seats are also standard. A full suite of advanced safety systems come standard as well. All 4xe trims come with full-speed forward collision warnings, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, adaptive cruise control, lane departure alerts, LED headlights, and more.

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BMW sends its V12 engine off in style

BMW will build its final V12 engine this June.

BMW

Most automakers are focused on building EVs and extracting the best fuel economy from gas engines possible, so it’s not surprising to hear that BMW is pulling the plug on one of its biggest and most iconic engines. In June 2022, BMW will build its very last V12 engine for use in a super-limited-production special edition 7 Series model. The ultra-rare cars will carry a starting price of $200,995.

BMW 760i xDrive The last V12 will power a very special (and very expensive) 7 Series car.BMW

Only twelve lucky customers will have the option to nab a V12-powered BMW, which will be called the M760i xDrive. Displacing 6.6 liters, the twin-turbocharged beast produces a massive 601 horsepower. An eight-speed sport automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. BMW says the powertrain is strong enough to push the hefty 7 Series car to 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds.

The final-run cars will feature little more than a special “V12” badge at the rear to differentiate them from standard 7 Series models. Inside, the car features a serialized plaque with the car’s production number out of the 12 units planned. The engine itself features a nameplate with “The Final V12.”

Beyond the badges, BMW’s 12-cylinder last-hurrah will come standard with 20-inch M double-spoke wheels, a choice of any available BMW full Merino leather color, M Sport brakes with black or blue calipers, a panoramic LED roof, remote control parking, a Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system, and adaptive LED headlights.

BMW 760i xDrive Only 12 of the cars will be built, with a starting price of more than $200,000.BMW

Though it hasn’t been BMW’s most popular engine over the years, the V12 has been a part of the automaker’s catalog for 35 years. The first 12-cylinder engine showed up in 1987, producing 295 horsepower in the original 750iL sedan.

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