Audi is confirming our suspicions by officially announcing that the next-gen Q5 debuts on September 29 at the Paris Motor Show. The brand accompanies the announcement by offering a glimpse of the crossover’s taillights and teasing the SUV's infotainment system (embedded below).
While this teaser image doesn’t show us much of the Q5, the bountiful spy shots give us a good idea of what to expect. Audi’s designers take an evolutionary approach and also incorporate cues from the latest A4. The front features a wider grille and narrow rectangular headlights. A prominent crease runs down the side, which is a great match for the slightly sloping roof. At the rear, the new model features an integrated roof spoiler and dual trapezoidal exhausts that sit in the rear bumper. Sharp-edged LED taillights punctuate the back's shape.
The latest Q5 moves to Volkswagen Group’s MLB Evo platform, which is also underneath the new A4. The switch could help shed 100 pounds or more versus the CUV's current generation. The powertrains should also come from Audi’s popular sedan. Buyers in the United States likely get the latest version of the brand’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 252 horsepower (188 kilowatts) and 273 pound-feet (370 Newton-meters) of torque. Europeans can expect diesel choices, too. A plug-in hybrid version would likely join the lineup later.
Customers who want a performance crossover need to be patient because an RS Q5 reportedly joins the lineup as soon as next year. It would share an engine with the next-gen RS4 and RS5, and rumors indicate that the mill would be a biturbo 3.0-liter V6 or use an electric compressor. The powerplant should be good for around 450 hp.
Audi’s new factory in San José Chiapa, Mexico, will begin production of the Q5 before the end of the year. Sales will begin sometime in 2017.