We have the latest details concerning the impending launch of the new generation Audi Q5 compact sport utility vehicle.
As always, the rumor mill has been filled with spy shots of the prototypes undergoing testing – which have allowed us to understand it will have the same general proportions despite a slightly larger overall footprint. But more importantly are the technical details – we already know the Q5 will feature an evolutionary design influenced by the second generation bigger brother Q7. The 2016 Q5 will be deploying the MQB modular platform and as such it will come with a severe weight loss, of around 220 lbs (100 kg) – while some elements will be cross shared with the Porsche Macan.
The latest report is also talking about the ubiquitous RS sporty version, which could come with the 2.5-liter 5-cylinder turbocharged engine sporting 400 hp (294 kW) and delivering the power through a standard automatic gearbox to the proprietary quattro all-wheel drive system. The latter will also be standard across the entire Q5 lineup, a step up from the current generation. The regular Q5 is expected to use the same engines found across the A4 sedan family, meaning no surprises are on store here. We’ll see the 2.0 TSI with 252 hp (185 kW) and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque or the 2.0 TDI with 190 hp (140 kW). Most rumors pan a late autumn introduction for the 2016 Q5, highly possible being the official public reveal during the Paris Motor Show.