Audi is currently working on a new generation of the Q5 which will make its way in to the markets globally by next year. Given that it will be an all-new model, one can expect newer underpinnings, a bold new look and refreshed engine options.
The technologies (Read: latest MMI software and virtual cockpit) which have been added to the latest-gen Q7 will now make their way on to the next-gen Q5. The latter will be built using Audi’s MLB architecture which also underpins the new A4 sedan. The new Q5 is expected to be lighter than the current model by around 100kg which should reflect in fuel economy and handling.
Under the hood, the new Q5 will feature four- and six-cylinder units, besides a plug-in hybrid. The latter would be labelled ‘e-quattro’ and feature hybrid technology with all-wheel drive. The top selling variants, though, will be powered by the traditional 2.0-litre TDI which will be more efficient than ever.
Following the launch of the new Q5 sometime later this year, Audi will further expand its ‘Q’ range of vehicles with the Q6 which would be a more practical model. The new Q5, meanwhile, will continue to compete with the BMW X3 and the Land Rover Discovery Sport.