First look at new 2023 Audi Q5
Audi’s big-selling Q5 is getting a reboot next year
The original Q5 was just the second SUV from Audi, following the Q7. Now, the German firm offers seven different SUVs with both eyes on creating more within the all-electric e-tron range.
One of Audi’s most popular models, the Q5 has battled with the likes of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and BMW X3, and now there’s a new third-generation model in the works.
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We can expect the new Q5 to change with the times and receive VW Group’s new SSP platform, rather than a modified version of the PPE platform underpinning the similarly sized, all-electric Q6 e-tron. The SSP platform has been built to replace the MLB architecture that forms the basis of plenty of VW Audi Group cars – such as the current Q5.
As we can tell from these spy shots, the new platform shouldn’t change the overall proportions too much and traditional Audi design details remain. There’s a wide front grille, albeit a bit sleeker than the outgoing Q5. There’s also side front vents and a lower grille – just as you’d find on the current car.
Moving to the back, there are quad-lights similar to the recently spied A6 e-tron. Also like that car, the rear lights are more than likely to be just test units with a prominent full-length rear light bar design behind, as seen on both petrol-powered Audis and the e-tron range. Expect those twin exhausts to be covered in a shroud like most modern combustion-engined Audis.
Audi has stated that it’ll continue to produce diesel-powered cars by 2026, giving more than enough time for a diesel variant of the next Q5 to come to fruition. There should also be a petrol with plug-in hybrid capability with Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive.
The interior of the new Q5 should boast Audi’s 11.6-inch infotainment screen with the latest version of the firm’s MMI system, as seen in the new Q4 e-tron.
There’s no word on pricing but we can expect it to launch some time in 2023 to rival the upcoming Mercedes GLC.
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