Audi's new crossover is leaner and meaner. We take a closer look in Paris.

Meet the new Q5, Audi's new mid-range crossover that will go on sale sometime next year. It doesn't shake up the current Q5 formula too much, but the redesigned CUV debuts with improvements in all the right areas.

First and foremost, the Q5 moves to Audi's new MLB Evo platform, shared with the new A4 and A5. So while the new model is larger than before, it's actually lighter – some 200 pounds lighter, in fact. That'll likely make it a bit more efficient, as will the new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 252 horsepower. Yes, European-spec versions will get a few diesel options, but, well, you know how that goes.

The Q5 handsomely wears Audi's latest crossover design scheme, looking like a smaller Q7. We're sure it'll be extremely competitive within the class, and will have the full details after we conduct our First Drive in just a couple of months. Stay tuned.

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