The newest prototype of the new generation Q5 is losing its camouflage, so the official debut can’t be far away. Moreover, we expect to see the US-specs 2018 Audi Q5 at the 2016 Los Angeles auto show, but regardless the fact, it won’t hit the showrooms before the early months of the next year.
2018 Audi Q5: Styling and Platform
Judging by the shots we got, the 2018 Q5 crossover SUV seems to carry pretty similar design as the bigger Q7. However, there are certain differences, especially in the lightening cluster, which features the handsome styling that we already saw with the new generation A4 sedan. Even though we thought otherwise, the proportions won’t change at all. The crossover will get a new architecture, but this doesn’t bring to much additional space inside. Still, Volkswagen’s new MLB evo platform will shed about 250 pounds, and what’s more important, the high-riding vehicle will be able to offer more options under the hood.
2018 Audi Q5: Engines and Rumors
The North American model will feature a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. We are not so sure that the carmaker plans to add any diesel in the US 2018 Audi Q5 model, but if they decide for this brave move, you can expect a turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel with 190 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. In case you decide to buy the new generation SQ5, you will get a supercharged 3.0-liter engine with 354 hp and 346 pound-feet of twist. All engines will be matted to a standard 7-speed dual-clutch or optional eight-speed automatic transmission. The manufacturer will also add a new plug-in hybrid options, but we don’t have further details. However, the latest rumors suggest there will be the 2018 Audi RS Q5 model, which will sport a monstrous twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 mill that will be able to pump out around 450 horsepower.
According to speculations, the upcoming new generation Audi Q5 will cost around $42K.