The Audi Q5 luxury crossover is due for a redesign after seven years on the market without major changes. Like the recently redesigned Audi A4, the next Q5 looks to have an evolutionary design, with familiar proportions and a shape that’s similar to the current model.
The new Audi Q5 will transition to the same MLBevo platform that underpins the new A4. This will help the crossover lose weight, gain fuel efficiency, and improve handling. The new car looks to be around the same size as the current Q5, though, which primarily competes with the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC.
The new Audi Q5’s more aggressive front end looks to be the biggest styling change, with sharply creased front headlights and Audi’s new singleframe grille design leading into a relatively flat hood. Behind the A-pillars, the shape is nearly identical to the current Q5, save for a flowing character line that runs just above the door handles. Viewed from the rear, we can see the gently sloping rear hatch and horizontal LED taillights that look similar to those on the Q3 and Q7 crossovers.
Engine choices for the new Audi Q5 are expected to be shared with the new A4, which will offer 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder options in the U.S.
The high-performance Audi SQ5 may also reappear for this generation with an updated version of Audi’s 3.0-liter supercharged V-6, and a plug-in hybrid variant is likely as well.
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