The Audi Q5 arrived as the brand’s entry-level crossover in 2008, received a mid-life facelift in 2012 and is due to enter its second generation in mid-2016. Testing is already underway, as seen in these spy shots, and the official unveiling is expected after March next year, as March will see world debut of the Audi Q2 – the new entry level crossover that will slot below the Q3.
The mid-size crossover, naturally, is expected to be similar in terms of design and styling to its big brother Audi Q7 that entered its second generation this year at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in January. Automotive illustrator Remco Meulendijk previews how the all-new Q5 may look like in that case.
Two things that apparently sets apart the 2016 Audi Q5 from the all-new Audi Q7 are the distinctive fifth-gen Audi A4-like headlamps and tail lamp graphics. The all-new model is likely to feature the bolder singleframe grille, Matrix LED headlamps, dynamic turn signals, Audi virtual cockpit and such other core features from the latest generation models.
The BMW X3 rival will be based on the Volkswagen Group’s second generation MLB platform that most recently was used for the A4. The new generation platform should provide more stiffness and enhanced driving dynamics to the crossover, while also contributing to being a significant weight reduction factor.
The global engine line-up is expected to include 2.0-litre TFSI petrol and TDI diesel and 3.0-litre TFSI petrol and TDI diesel units in varying outputs. Transmission options may include 6-speed manual, 7-speed S tronic and 8-speed Tiptronic, while drivetrain choices should be front-wheel drive and Quattro all-wheel drive.
While it’s little too early to predict the on-sale date of the 2016 Audi Q5, its deliveries can most certainly be expected to start some time only in early 2017 for many global markets.
[Image Source: RM.Design]