It’s Friday, so our colleagues from OmniAuto.it have prepared a new speculative render, this time of the upcoming 2017 Audi Q5.

It’s Friday, so our colleagues from OmniAuto.it have prepared a new speculative render, this time of the upcoming 2017 Audi Q5.

Spotted numerous times testing in prototype guise, the second-gen Audi Q5 is getting closer to an official reveal and we expect an evolutionary design once the camouflage will come off. Seen here is OmniAuto’s vision of the Q5, based on recent spy photographs, Audi’s styling department will once again play it safe. The body will be sharpened up in the same vein as the larger second-gen Q7.

In terms of underpinnings, the all-new Audi Q5 will be based on the MLB Evo platform shared with the latest A4 and this will bring a considerable (estimated) weight loss of up to 220 pounds (100 kilograms). The engines and gearboxes will be pretty much borrowed from the A4 and later during the car’s life cycle there will be hot SQ5 versions in both gasoline and diesel flavors.

There might even be a full-blown RS Q5 in the second half of 2017 using an adaptation of the newly developed biturbo 3.0-liter V6 which could have in excess of 450 horsepower. The engine delivers 354 hp in the S4 & S4 Avant, but in RS-badged models it is rumored to adopt e-turbo technology to boost output and reduce lag as demonstrated by the SQ7.

If you prefer something greener, our spies caught on camera last month a prototype that lacked a visible exhaust tip which means that was likely an e-tron version featuring a plug-in hybrid setup.

Audi has not specified so far when the new Q5 will be out, but chances are it will be on display early October at the Paris Motor Show. While the outgoing model is assembled at home in Ingolstadt, production of its replacement will take place in Mexico at Audi’s brand new San José Chiapa factory.

Source: OmniAuto.it

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