Audi Q5 2017 Release Date
As evidenced by the recent spy images, the redesigned Audi Q5 2017 is currently being developed to replace the outgoing version. It’s no secret that the crossover SUV segment is becoming increasingly competitive all around the world. That said, the 2017 Q5 will certainly face a daunting task of rivaling the likes of the BMW X3, Volvo XC60 and Mercedes-Benz GLC.
Audi Q5 2017 Redesign
According to the mentioned photos, it seems that the upcoming Q5 will retain the current model’s proportions. It also appears that the 2017 Audi Q5 won’t surprise us with any revolutionary styling changes. Instead, it will come with subtle updates and a more angular look, at least when it comes to the new sheet metal. Its new design philosophy is expected to mimic the one seen on the A4 and Q7 models. However, the interior will undergo a much more substantial overhaul. The brand new dashboard will feature a continuous air-vent strip, while the center stack has been given a more modern look. Also, expect to see a revised steering wheel, a new free-standing touch-screen as well as a new air conditioning unit less cluttered with controls and buttons. Of course, the brand new Q5 will boast higher-quality materials, while it’s expected to offer more passenger space and improved cargo capacity.
Audi Q5 2017 Specs
Similarly to the A4, the Audi Q5 2017 will host a number of four-cylinder and V6 engines, both gasoline- and diesel-powered. As for the US market, expect to see a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. When it comes to the diesel option, there will be a 2.0-liter unit rated at 190 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. The standard transmission on these models will come as the latest seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch gearbox already used by the A4. The model will be available in both front- and all-wheel drive quattro configurations.
For those who opt for more power and performance, Audi is expected to offer a new SQ5 powered by a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 and even a mighty RS Q5 with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that churns out more than 400 horsepower. However, these models are likely to arrive at a later date. The same goes for a plug-in hybrid model with an “e-tron” badge fitted on its rear end.
According to the German automaker, the Audi Q5 2017 will enter production in 2016. The US market will be supplied from Audi’s brand new facility in Mexico.