Audi has released preliminary specifications of its second SUV model, the Q5, which is set to go on sale in Europe in the last quarter of this year, and will arrive in Canada in the first quarter of 2009.

Canadian models will be powered by a 3.2-litre V6 and a six-speed automatic transmission, and Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system will be standard. European models will use VW/Audi’s 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, or a choice of four- or six-cylinder diesel engines.

The Q5 will measure 4,663 mm in length (approx. 182.3 in.), 1,880 mm wide (approx. 74.0 in.) and ride on a wheelbase of 2,810 mm (approx. 110.6 in.); those figures promise an Audi that’s slightly larger than one of its closest competitors, the BMW X3. Audi boasts a best-in-class drag coefficient of 0.33, and a maximum cargo capacity (with rear seats folded) of 1,560 litres.

The Q5 will be the first Audi to use the company’s third-generation Multi Media Interface (MMI) system, and it will also be available with side assist blind spot sensors, a stability control system that adapts its responses to the surface being driven on and whether cargo is being carried on the roof and front and rear parking sensors with a rearview camera.

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