The first generation Audi Q5 was launched in 2008 so time has almost arrived for a successor which will reportedly be out in the next couple of years. The 2016 Audi Q5 is expected to ride on the MLB Evo platform so expect a more extensive use of aluminum and stronger steel which will lower the crossover’s curb weight.
Unlike the current generation which is made at home in Ingolstadt, Germany and in Changchun, China, it is believed the all-new model will be assembled in Mexico where Audi will pay less for labor and they will also be closer to the United States which represents one of the largest markets for the Q5.
The rumored Q5 e-tron will likely feature a 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine generating 252 PS (185 kW) along with an electric motor rated at 109 PS (80 kW). The electric energy will draw the necessary energy from an externally rechargeable battery just like in the A3 e-tron. Chances are the e-tron variant will have an AWD layout, with the conventional engine powering the front axle and the electric motor driving the rear wheels.
Besides receiving an e-tron derivative, the 2016 Audi Q5 is also expected to get a 3.0-liter six-cylinder triple-turbo TDI engine generating as much as 354 PS (260 kW). We assume this engine will largely be based on the one fitted inside the interesting RS5 TDI concept where it churns 385 PS (283 kW) and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque.