The original Q5 was Audi’s second SUV, following the Q7. Now, the German firm offers seven different SUVs with both eyes to further build within the all-electric e-tron range.
One of Audi’s most popular models, the Q5 competed with the likes of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and the BMW X3, and now a new third-generation model is in the works.
We expect the new Q5 to change over time and get VW Group’s new SSP platform, based on the same size, all-electric Q6 e-tron instead of a modified version of the PPE platform. The SSP platform is designed to replace the MLB architecture that forms the basis of many VW Audi Group vehicles – such as the current Q5.
We can tell from these spy shots that the overall proportions of the new platform should not change too much and the details of the traditional Audi design remain. The front has a wide grille, though a bit smoother than the outgoing Q5. There is also a side front vent and a lower grille – just like you would find in a current car.
Moved backwards, it has quad-lights like the recently spied A6 E-Tron. Like that car, the rear lights are more likely to be just a test unit of a prominent full-length rear light bar design, as seen in both the petrol-powered Audi and the E-Tron range. It is expected that these pair of exhausts will be covered in a shroud similar to the most modern combustion-engine Odyssey.
Audi says it will continue to build diesel-powered cars by 2026, giving enough time for the diesel variant of the next Q5. The Audi Quattro should have a petrol with plug-in hybrid capability along with all-wheel drive.
The new Q5 should boast the latest version of the firm’s MMI system with Audi’s 11.6-inch infotainment screen inside, as seen in the new Q4 E-Tron.
There is no word on price but we can expect it to launch sometime in 2023 to compete with the upcoming Mercedes GLC.
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