The next generation Audi Q5 has been rendered in the more appealing S line trim.

The next generation Audi Q5 has been rendered in the more appealing S line trim.

Imagining the new Q5 is actually not that hard as it will be one of the last models designed before Marc Lichte took over as the man in charge of Audi's styling department, so we expect the crossover to continue with the evolutionary styling. As a consequence, don't be too surprised if the new Q5 will look a lot like a downsize Q7, as speculatively rendered in the attached illustration.

It will ride on the same MLB Evo platform as the all-new A4 (B9) and this should bring a healthy weight loss of around 100 kg (220 lbs). A rumor emerged back in 2014 indicating the availability of an e-quattro system with the combustion engine driving the front axle and an electric motor powering the rear wheels.

The engine lineup will likely be largely sourced from the A4, so there will likely be a 2.0 TFSI with 190 PS (140 kW) & 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) and 252 PS (185 kW) and 370 Nm (273 lb-ft). Audi hasn't showed us yet the 3.0 TFSI in the new A4 and chances are this will be offered in the next Q5 as well.

On the diesel side, a 2.0 TDI will get 150 PS (110 kW) & 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) and 190 PS (140 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) along with a stronger 3.0 TDI pushing out 218 PS (160 kW) & 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) and 272 PS (200 kW) & 600 Nm (443 lb-ft).

It will likely grow in size a little bit to distance itself from the Q3 and as a consequence it should come with a more spacious interior cabin, especially at the back where the passengers will enjoy additional legroom. The Audi Virtual Cockpit with its 12.3-inch fully digital and customizable instrument cluster will be available and this will eliminate some of the physical buttons and knobs to create less cluttered layout.

Since an official reveal is expected by the end of 2016, chances are a concept previewing the new Q5 will be shown early next year.

Gallery: Next generation Audi Q5 rendered in S line specification