New Thai Audi agent brings diesel power to Q5 and Q7
Buyers now have the choice to spec their SUVs with either TFSI petrol or TDI diesel engine.
Meister Technik, the new Audi importer in Thailand, is now offering buyers with the choice of diesel power in both the Q5 and Q7 SUVs.
The Q5 35 TDI receives 190hp 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and Quattro four-wheel-drive and is priced at 3.399 million baht. The Q5 in 252hp 45 TFSI petrol form remains at 3.899 million baht but with S Line trim.
A major rival for the Q5 35 TDI is the Mercedes-Benz GLC250d, which comes with 204hp 2.1-litre motor, nine-speed automatic and 4Matic all-wheel-drive. It is priced at 3.24 million baht and an extra 450k for the AMG Dynamic look.
The decision to sell the Q5 35 TDI is also timely because BMW and Volvo are planning to launch the next-generation X3 and XC60 in Thailand toward the end of the year. Both are currently in their run-down modes with 2.0-litre diesel-turbo engines and eight-speed autos.
The Q7, meanwhile, highlights 249hp 3.0-litre V6 in 45 TDI guise. The diesel is mated to a regular eight-speed auto and four-wheel-drive and asks for 4.799 million baht.
The Q7 still has two petrol models to choose from: 252hp 40 TFSI and 333hp 45 TFSI costing 4.499 million and 4.999 million baht accordingly.
BMW and Mercedes-Benz are now focusing on plug-in hybrids for their X5 and GLE SUVs. Although Volvo has similar tech in the guise of the T8, the XC90 is also being sold in 225hp D5 diesel form priced at 4.89 million baht — around 100k more than the Q7 45 TDI.
Credit: bangkokpost.com/ incarsmagazine.com
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