Audi is currently developing a second generation of the Q5 compact SUV. The segment is already highly competitive with several excellent SUVs on their way. It’s no wonder Audi’s announced a host of substantial upgrades to be found in the new Q5. The 2016 Audi Q5 will feature a more attractive design, new architecture and a plug-in hybrid model under its hood.
The German automaker will base the upcoming Q5 on the latest MLB architecture. The same platform will underpin other Audi’s models such as the redesigned A4 and the new Q7. It actually combines aluminum components with high-strength steels, reducing the curb weight by 100 kg. The 2016 Audi Q5 is expected to offer better handling and improved fuel economy.
2016 Audi Q5 Changes and Interior
Of course, the new sheet-metal will come as the most obvious change. The 2016 Audi Q5 will introduce a more angular shape compared with its predecessor. Its overall styling philosophy has obviously been influenced by the latest TT model. The new front grille will actually have the same shape as before but this time its strikes will be running horizontally instead of vertically. The new headlights will come with a narrower shape, equipped with MatrixBeam LED technology that can be found on the A8 and TT models. When it comes to the new interior design, the second-generation Q5 will once again follow in the footsteps of the new TT. Its new simplistic Virtual Cockpit design reduces the number of buttons on the dashboard. Instead, it features a large TFT screen positioned directly in front of the driver.
2016 Audi Q5 Hybrid
The 2016 Audi Q5 will be available with a range of gasoline, diesel and a plug-in hybrid engines under its hood. The best-selling models will be powered by a 2.0-liter TFSI that generates 235 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. The other popular unit will probably be the 2.0-liter TDI which produces 190 hp and 295 lb-ft. For those who opt for more power, there will be a 3.0-liter V6 TDI that churns out 272 hp and 443 lb-ft. You might also expect a triple-turbo 3.0-liter V6 TDI estimated at 354 hp and 516 lb-ft which is currently under development. As for the plug-in hybrid technology, the 2016 Q5 will use an e-tron hybrid system, while its e-quattro modification will be applied in all-wheel drive models.
We expect the 2016 Audi Q5 to arrive by mid 2016, while its full sales are likely to start by the end of that year. The pricing is expected to start around $50,000.