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The 2018 Audi Q5 has been spied undergoing testing in Europe.

Looking like a shrunken down version of the Q7, the Q5 has a familiar front fascia with a large singleframe grille that is flanked by slender headlights and large air intakes.  Moving further back, we can see a rakish windscreen, less curvaceous bodywork, and a gently sloping roof.  The crossover also features an upward sweeping beltline, a tailgate-mounted spoiler, and a stylish dual exhaust system.

Audi hasn't said much about the model but it is expected to ride on the MLB Evo platform underpins the new A4.  This change could enable the crossover to weigh approximately 220 pounds less than its predecessor.

Engine options will likely carryover from the A4, so expect to see an assortment of familiar options including a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque.  The company is also slated to offer a plug-in hybrid variant which could have an electric-only range of about 30 miles.

The redesigned Audi Q5 could be introduced later this year so look for a possible debut at either the Paris Motor Show or the Los Angeles Auto Show.  Sales are slated to begin sometime next year and the crossover will be sold as a 2018 model in the United States.

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