The manufacturer has started winter testing of the new-generation Audi Q5 ahead of its introduction next year and market entry in 2024.
The next iteration of the Audi Q5 will get full redesign and technology enhancements. It will continue having a conventional internal combustion engine under the hood and can be considered a non-electric alternative to the Audi Q6 e-tron coming in 2023.
The new Q5 and Q5 Sportback, as well as the A6, will be probably the last ICE-powered models Audi keeps on sale alongside all-electric e-tron vehicles. As we know, the company plans to completely cease selling combustion cars in 2033.
What innovations does the third-generation Audi Q5 bring?
Like the new Audi A4, it will sit on VW’s revised MLB platform which is able to accommodate both front- and all-wheel-drive systems, a four-wheel steering system, also used in the Q8 and A8, the Level II self-driving tech, and the newest connectivity features.
We suppose Audi will retain the familiar engine lineup of gasoline (petrol) 40 TFSI quattro 150 kW (204 hp) S tronic, diesel 50 TDI quattro 210 kW (286 hp) Tiptronic, mild-hybrid, and plug-in hybrid options for the European market but will upgrade them to meet the Euro 7 standard.
Of course, we expect significant exterior changes to happen, including new designs of the grille, lights, and air intakes, as the next Q5 should be in line with the latest Audi models and rivals.
Last year, the automaker sold 293,069 Audi Q5 globally, including 60,299 units in the USA, This model is the best-seller of the premium brand, Today the American Q5 offers a choice of 40 and 45 TFSI quattro S tronic, 55 TFSI e plug-in hybrid powertrains.