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Audi is updating its popular Q5 range with a new generation of vehicles, featuring revised engines, better suspension and new electromechanical steering.

The range will come in four variants when it goes on sale in the UK next month, with the first deliveries expected to roll out of showrooms by October. Audi's vehicles are always popular and the Q5 range is no exception - these SUVs aim to offer a mixture of performance and luxury.

As with all model revisions, a new year will likely mean new Audi spare parts. But it also means that more spares for the 2010 and 2011 variants of the Q5 should become available as motorists upgrade and replace older vehicles.

The four engine options available for the Q5 consist of 2.0-litre and 3.0-litre TDI diesel versions and 2.0-litre and 3.0-litre TFSI variants. All make use of Audi's direct fuel injection and forced injection technologies, while start-stop systems come as standard. These factors allow for more fuel-efficient driving with greater power and fewer gearshifts.

A slightly re-worked chassis has also been included with the new Q5, claiming to offer greater refinement and comfort due to changes in the springs, shock absorbers and anti-roll bars. Power steering has also been overhauled with an electromechanical system which adjusts the amount of assistance it offers based on the vehicle's speed.

The Q5's exterior has been refreshed for the yearly update too, although the changes are slight and won't jump out to the untrained eye. Headlights have been modified and adaptive lights with dynamic cornering lights are available as an optional extra. Bumpers have been modified to integrate air inlets and inserts, while fog lights with chrome rings are also built in.

Other optional extras include the Audi drive select system that lets drivers vary the way that the throttle pedal and automatic transmission operate, as well as the extent of the assistance offered by power steering and operation of the air conditioning system. On top of this, motorists interested in the Q5 will be able to spend more on extra components for the system, such as adaptive cruise control, damper control and dynamic steering.

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