Set to be introduced later this year, the mid-size crossover will follow in the footsteps of the Q7 and adopt a controversial front fascia with an upright grille and slender LED headlights. The swirly camouflage hides most of the styling details but we can see the model will have prominent character lines, a sloping roof, and a tailgate-mounted spoiler. The crossover also has door-mounted mirrors, a shark fin antenna, and familiar LED taillights.
The 2017 Q5 will ride on the same platform that underpins the redesigned A4. This change sounds relatively minor but it should enable the crossover to weigh up to 220 pounds less than its predecessor.
Engine options will carryover from the A4 so expect to see an assortment of familiar petrol and diesel units including a 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder that produces 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. There have also been rumors about a high-performance RS variant which could use either a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine or a biturbo 3.0-liter V6. Depending on which rumor you believe, the model could produce 400 or 450 hp.
Buyers looking for something more eco-friendly will reportedly be able to order a plug-in hybrid variant that has a range of approximately 30 miles on electricity alone.
[UPDATE] Thanks to WCF user AudiRS6 for pointing out this prototype does not have exhaust tailpipes which suggests it could be an e-tron model.