Audi has suspended the production of its popular SUV the Q5 in India after the Automotive Regulatory Authority of India (ARAI) has found higher emission levels than the permissible limit. All the sales of the Audi Q5 has also been suspended due to the emission fiasco.
Audi India has confirmed that the stipulated levels of Nitrogen Oxide was higher than the permissible limit in the diesel Q5 SUVs. The SUV is causing the pollution mainly due to the air being trapped into the coolant system. The company reportedly withdrew all the affected models from the dealerships. According to the spokesperson of Audi India, they have investigated the concern regarding the SUV and have identified the corrective measures.
The pollution fiasco will make a big dent on the SUV’s image during the festive season which competes with the Mercedes- Benz GLC and BMW X3. An Audi India employee has claimed that the Q5’s emission problem is nowhere close to the famous diesel gate scandal of its parent brand Volkswagen. Eventually the brand has solved the problem with a software upgrade and has tested and rectified with ARAI.
The SUV comes in both petrol and diesel avatars, while the diesel variant is effected with the emission issue, the petrol version remain unaffected. The 2 liter 4-cylinder petrol mill produces 200bhp of power and 350nm of torque. The V6 turbo diesel is a 3 liter unit which makes 240bhp and 510nm of torque. Both the engine are mated with 7-speed S-tronic transmission and Quattro all wheel drive. The SUV can go from 0 to 100 within 6.5 seconds which is quite impressive for a car of this size. The SUV can go up to the top speed of 225 km/h.
Interestingly, the bavarian company is inching closer to launch the Q5 in its completely new avatar. Audi already has teased two pictures of upcoming Q5 which shows only the headlamp and grille area. The new version would be based on a completely new platform which would make the SUV lighter by 100 kgs. Hopefully, the company would resolve by the time of its launch.