Around eight years after the first generation model arrived in 2008 and received a mid-life facelift in 2012, the Audi Q5 is set to enter its second generation next year. The 2016 Audi Q5 will look similar to its big brother Audi Q7 that moved to its second generation with a complete redesign last year. Two renderings from Auto Bild show how the second-gen 2016 Audi Q5 will possibly look like with some cues borrowed from the Q7.
A few among the noteworthy features of the all-new Audi Q5 are expected to be a newly designed singleframe grille, Matrix LED headlamps, dynamic turn signals, Audi virtual cockpit and all-new MMI (Multi Media Interface) infotainment system. The next-gen Audi Q5 will be based on the Volkswagen Group’s second generation MLB platform that also forms the base for the fifth-gen Audi A4 as well as the 2015 Audi Q7.
The second-gen Audi Q5 will be considerably lighter, thanks to the new MLB platform. Along with the weight reduction, improved efficiency will be aided by more efficient powertrains. The engine line-up would include TFSI turbocharged petrol and TDI turbocharged diesel engines in 2.0- and 3.0-litre displacements and varying outputs. Transmission options should include 6-speed manual, 7-speed S tronic and 8-speed Tiptronic.
The 2016 Audi Q5 will be made in the company’s new plant in Mexico and is expected to go on sale in first markets in H2 2016. Before that, the company will introduce the new entry-level Audi Q2 at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March.
[Image Source: Auto Bild]