The second generation 2016 Audi Q5 has been spied testing ahead of its expected world debut next year, courtesy of an Auto Plus reader. The first generation model arrived in 2008, and received a mid-life facelift in 2012.
The test mule spotted here is heavily camouflaged and doesn’t reveal much in terms of visuals, but the model’s design and styling is expected to be inspired by the all-new Q7 that was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March. A bolder singleframe grille, Matrix LED headlamps, dynamic turn signals, Audi virtual cockpit and many other new features from the second generation Q7 and fifth generation A4 that was unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show (2015 IAA) last week, are anticipated to enrich the new Q5.
Underpinning the 2016 Audi Q7 will be the Volkswagen Group’s second generation MLB platform. The new modular platform is expected to provide more rigidity and substantial weight reduction. The engine line-up would include 2.0-litre TFSI petrol, 2.0-litre TDI diesel, 3.0-litre TFSI petrol and 3.0-litre TDI diesel in varying outputs. Transmission options are expected to include 6-speed manual, 7-speed S tronic and 8-speed Tiptronic.
The second-gen 2016 Audi Q5 is expected to go on sale in H2 2016 in Germany and other first markets. It will be built at Audi’s new plant in Mexico.
[Image Source: Auto Plus]