A new report is indicating the redesigned 2016 Audi Q5 will be produced at a new plant in San José Chiapa in Mexico

A new report is indicating the redesigned 2016 Audi Q5 will be produced at a new plant in San José Chiapa in Mexico.

Motortrend.com says the crossover will be based on Audi’s lightweight MLB platform, which should provide improved fuel efficiency and better handling. The 4x4 vehicle is expected to be around 100 kg (220 lbs) lighter than its predecessor.

Audi will likely offer the model with a bunch of new or optimized engines. The report says a 245 PS (180 kW) 2.0-liter turbo gasoline unit and a 190 PS (140 kW) 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine will be available, while a 272 PS (200 kW) 3.0-liter V6 diesel motor and a triple-turbo 3.0-liter TDI with 354 PS (260 kW) are probably also in the works.

As reported before, the 2016 Audi Q5 could also be offered in a frugal plug-in hybrid variant encompassing an e-quattro system that features a 252 PS (185 kW) 2.0-liter turbo unit and a 109 PS (80 kW) electric motor. The conventional engine will be powering the front wheels and the electric motor will drive the rear ones.

Standard or optional features will include LED or laser headlights, larger wheels, S-Line packages and matte paint options. The next Q5 will likely be available with an instrument cluster and infotainment display combined into one single unit, similar to the one in the 2015 Audi TT.

The all-new Audi Q5 is expected to go on sale by late 2016.

Note: 2016 Audi Q1 official teaser image pictured

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