As we get closer to the 2017 Audi Q5’s introduction, spy photos are becoming more and more revealing.

Audi’s posh crossover is about to put on a sombrero once assembly of the second generation will kick off at San José Chiapa in Mexico towards the end of the year. Seen here is a near-production prototype carrying a full body camouflage to hide what appears to be a very familiar design in the same vein as the outgoing Ingolstadt-built model.

Our spies also managed to take a few shots of the premium midsize SUV with the driver’s door open and thankfully the door trim panel was left undisguised. There’s nothing really to write home about in terms of the door panel’s design since it is typical Audi business, featuring a predominately black look combined with a brown armrest and an upper metallic trim.

While the exterior design and door panel appearance won’t convince you to head to your local dealer and place an order, perhaps what’s underneath the familiar skin will do the trick. That’s because the second-gen Q5 will make the switch to the MLB Evo platform as it was the case with the all-new A4 from where it will inherit the engines and gearboxes. It should bring a healthy diet of an estimated 220 pounds (100 kilograms) on some of the versions which in return will improve performance and efficiency.

Looking at these pics it’s hard to tell whether the new model will be bigger than the outgoing Q5, but seeing this is the trend nowadays, it could happen. A longer wheelbase would give it more legroom for rear passengers to make it a more comfortable ride during longer journeys.

Audi hasn’t said a word about when it plans to reveal the new Q5, but we could see it at the Paris Motor Show this October. If that’s going to be the case, an online reveal could occur a few weeks sooner than that and should go on sale this fall.

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