As the followup to Audi’s biggest seller, the Q5 has a lot to live up to and thanks to a slick new design and a lighter more powerful engine, it’s set to fill its predecessor’s shoes and then some.

The new Q5 debuted at the Paris Auto Show not long ago, and a select number of journalists ( including our very own Jonathan Yarkony ) were invited to Audi’s new plant in Mexico, where the Q5 is being made, to test it out.

Now, though, it’s made the trip across the border to LA, to be shown to the American car buying public for the first time.

Audi Q5

With its new 252 hp 2.0-liter TFSI engine, pumping power through a seven-speed S tronic transmission to all four wheels, the Q5 will now get you to 60 mph in just 5.9 seconds, a full 1.1 seconds faster than the outgoing Q5.

Along with its shiny new engine, the Q5 comes with a new quattro all-wheel-drive system that features an electronically controlled clutch pack. That gives the all-wheel-drive system the ability not only to react to the terrain, but to predict it and send torque to the wheel that needs it for better traction.

Audi Q5

Of course, with the new powertrain come new infotainment options, like the Audi virtual cockpit, available full-color heads-up display, Audi’s new MMI all-in touch interface with standard smartphone interface, and the available 19 speaker Bang and Olufsen sound system.

Additionally, with Audi connect, the Q5 can be located if it’s stolen and can send crash notifications to the authorities in the event of an accident.

Read our full first drive of the Q5 here .