The Audi Q5 is starting to show its age so it comes as little surprise the company is working on a redesigned model.

The Audi Q5 is starting to show its age so it comes as little surprise the company is working on a redesigned model.

Recently caught undergoing cold weather testing, the Q5 will follow in the footsteps of the Q7 and adopt a prominent grille that is flanked by angular headlights and familiar looking air intakes.  Moving further back, we can see door-mounted mirrors, bulging fender flares, and a strong shoulder line.  The crossover also has a sloping roof, a tailgate-mounted spoiler, and LED taillights.  There also appears to be a stylish dual exhaust system that is neatly integrated into the rear bumper.

The model will be based on the same platform that underpins the A4 so expect to see significant weight savings.  Nothing is official but previous reports have suggested the crossover could drop as much as 220 lbs (100 kg).

Engine options will carryover from the A4 so expect an assortment of familiar petrol and diesel units including a 2.0 TFSI that produces 248 bhp (252 PS / 185 kW) and 370 Nm (273 lb-ft) of torque.  We can also expect a plug-in hybrid variant with a range of approximately 30 miles (48 km).

The 2017 Audi Q5 will be introduced next year and be built at the company's José Chiapa plant in Mexico.

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