Audi revealed the second-gen A5/S5 Coupe after a painstakingly long teaser campaign and now it seems it’s doing it all over again with the new Q5. Using the hashtag “#Qriosity,” Audi’s marketing people are coming out with teasers like there’s no tomorrow.
In one of the short clips, the posh crossover is providing a glimpse of its optional matrix LED headlights that are going to be smart enough to blank out the light that otherwise would shine on the oncoming cars and disturb the other drivers. In order to reduce glare, these high-tech headlights have an auto-dimming function that kicks in whenever there are highly reflective surfaces up front. Doing so will ensure the driver will not be dazzled, thus diminishing the risks of an accident.
Dynamic turn signals have been around for a few years, so it doesn’t come as a big surprise the new Q5 will have them. These sweeping LEDs certainly look super nice at night and will probably come as standard in the United States taking into account the 2017MY A4 has them without having to pay more.
As far as the trunk is concerned, it will once again host the taillights on the lid like it does on the outgoing model. Although Audi isn’t saying anything about whether the trunk is bigger than before, chances are the capacity has grown beyond the 540 liters offered by the current Q5 with the rear seats in place and 1,560 liters once you fold them down. The U.S.-spec Q5 is rated at 29.1 cubic feet and at 57.3 cu.ft. after folding the 40/20/40-split rear seats.
Set to debut on September 29 on the dawn of the Paris Motor Show, the new Q5 will ride on the same MLB Evo platform as the latest A4. It will bring a considerable weight loss of an estimated 220 pounds (100 kilograms) even though the crossover might grow a bit in size to provide a roomier interior. The engines, gearboxes and many of the hardware components will be taken from the aforementioned A4 from where it will likely inherit most of the dashboard.
As far as the exterior design is concerned, these partial front end photos (see gallery below) as well as previous spy photos have shown it’s going to take many cues from the larger Q7, but that’s not really a surprise, is it? Although not evident in those images, the bump in size is plausible seeing as how the next Q3 will be bigger than the recently facelifted model. The Q3 will grow since it’s no longer the smallest crossover in Audi’s lineup now that the Q2 is out. As a consequence, the Q5 will likely be a tad bigger to create a safe distance between it and the forthcoming second-gen Q3.
Unlike the outgoing Q5 assembled in Ingolstadt, Germany, the second generation will be manufactured at Audi’s brand new factory in San José Chiapa, Mexico. Production is set to kick off before the year’s end, following the Q5’s possible North American debut in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show.