Launched in 2008 to compete in opposition to the BMW X3 , which the Bavarian firm launched as early as 2003, the Audi Q5 is getting a bit lengthy within the tooth, regardless of receiving a facelift in 2012. Rumors about Audi engaged on a substitute have first surfaced the Interwebz in 2014, but it surely wasn’t till lately that a prototype was noticed roaming the streets. Now, our trusty paparazzi have caught the crossover doing a little scorching-climate testing in Spain, which confirms that improvement is nicely underway.
2017 Audi Q5 Review
Nevertheless, phrase has it an official reveal isn’t deliberate till 2017, which suggests you’ll have to wait till the 2018 mannequin yr to seek out it in U.S. dealerships.
It’s not a thriller that the subsequent-technology Q5 can be based mostly on the MLB platform additionally underpinning the 2016 Audi A4 and 2016 Audi Q7 . This implies the crossover will make use of excessive-power metal and aluminum that can assist scale back weight by round 200 kilos whereas offering a extra inflexible construction than the present mannequin. Each dealing with and gas financial system will clearly profit from the lowered weight, however count on all trims to be faster too.
Exterior 2017 Audi Q5 Review
Though the crossover is camouflaged from bumper to bumper, it’s fairly apparent that the design language will mirror the A4’s and Q7’s. Particularly, each the entrance and rear fascias will function sharper strains, extra angular headlamps and taillights, and mildly revised bumpers. I anticipate the general dimension and form of the brand new Q5 to be just like its predecessor, with not more than a few inches added to its size. To get a greater impression of the Q5’s up to date styling, try the rendering we created for the 2017 Audi SQ5. Simply image it with much less aggressive bumpers and sitting greater from the bottom.
Interior 2017 Audi Q5 Review
As seen in each the brand new Q7 and A4, the interior is in for a major overhaul. The earlier dashboard might be changed by a newly designed unit with a steady air-vent strip, whereas a cleaner, wider heart console will give the cabin a extra excessive-tech look. There can even be a brand new steering wheel with revised buttons, a bigger, free-standing show for the infotainment system, and a brand new air-con unit with fewer buttons and controls. After all, the brand new Q5 can even obtain upgraded smooth-contact supplies, excessive-grade leather-based within the costlier trims, and an array of upholstery colour decisions. As with most redesigns, the Q5 must also have elevated headroom and legroom, and enhanced cargo capability.
Very like the brand new A4, the Q5 will obtain an array of 4-cylinder and V-6 engines displacing 2.zero and three.zero liters, respectively. The U.S. model ought to get a 2.zero-liter 4-banger with round 230 horsepower and a supercharged, three.zero-liter V-6 rated at nearly 290 horses. A diesel model, motivated by the trusty three.zero-liter V-6 TDI, can be on the desk with round 255 horsepower and almost 440 pound-toes of torque. A hybrid variant pairing a 2.zero-liter 4-banger and an electrical motor will probably observe later within the crossover’s life cycle. Within the transmission division, new generations of the S tronic, Tiptronic and handbook gearboxes must be supplied within the U.S. and Europe as effectively.
With improved engines at its disposal and rumored to be about 200 kilos lighter than its predecessor, the brand new Q5 will ship higher efficiency, return higher mileage, and emit much less carbon-dioxide.
With the present Q5 priced from $forty,900, the redesigned crossover ought to retail from round $43,000 earlier than choices. We are going to discover out extra when the automobile breaks cowl in 2017.