2017 Audi Q5 Redesign and Release Date
The new-generation Audi Q5 is set to enter production in mid-2016. This popular crossover SUV will be built at Audi’s new plant in Mexico. The 2017 Audi Q5 is expected to hit the showrooms in late 2016. Luckily, we’ve had the chance to see some photos of the pre-production model caught testing. Thanks to these images, we now have a pretty clear picture of the 2017 Q5 SUV’s upcoming redesign.
Several new Audi’s crossovers, such as the Q1, Q6 and Q8, have been expected to make their debuts in the meantime. However, their arrival has been postponed due to the redesigned Q7 and its premiere. Interestingly, the 2017 Audi Q5 is being updated at the same time. That basically means that the German automaker will be able to simultaneously unveil several new models from the Q family.
2017 Audi Q5 Changes
Actually, the Audi Q5 is a crossover based on the A4 sedan. While sharing quite a number of features, these two models are also very different. The 2017 Audi Q5 rides on the MLB Evo platform. It is approximately 100 kg lighter than its predecessor. In that respect, the upcoming Q5 will prove to be a formidable rival to the BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC models.
The most prominent new quality that comes with the 2017 Audi Q5 is its more aggressive exterior styling. In addition to the new sheet metal, the upcoming model will borrow some of the most advanced technological innovations from other company’s models. Among those will be the new matrix LED lights and Virtual cockpit, both taken from the new Audi TT. This model has also served as inspiration for the new Q5’s exterior design. The 2017 Q5 will also feature a wider grille and new headlights that form a new hexagonal front fascia. On the other hand, the most striking exterior feature are probably the rear light clusters. Their three-dimensional design gives this vehicle one of the most appealing rear sides in the segment.
2017 Audi Q5 Engines
Mechanically, the 2017 Audi Q5 will share its engine range with the A4 model. Its range includes mostly 2.0-liter turbocharged engines. In the US, the base unit will be a four-cylinder 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine that will come as an enhanced version. This powerplant will generate 190 horsepower instead of the current 252 horsepower. Although it comes with a reduced output, the engine provides equal performance with better fuel efficiency. The 2017 Audi Q5 will feature a rich diesel range as well. The 2.0-liter TDI and the 3.0-liter TDI will have power outputs ranging from 218, 272 and 320 horsepower.
Audi has also announced other versions of the Q5 to make their debuts soon. Shortly after the 2017 Audi Q5 hits the dealerships, the 2017 Audi SQ5, 2017 Audi RS Q5 as well as the new Q5 Plug-In Hybrid are expected to arrive. We already know that the 2017 SQ5 should receive a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that churns out 330 horsepower.
We’re still in the dark when it comes to pricing. However, the 2017 Audi Q5 is not expected to stray too far from the current pricing policy.