It seems yet another preproduction Audi has been caught running around in camouflage. Audi has had a few future vehicles caught testing lately, but the 2018 Audi Q5 is a very important for the future of Audi, so catching this vehicle is a pretty big deal. Being that the midsize luxury SUV segment is absolutely red hot at the moment, Audi really needs to bring its best game with the upcoming Q5 in order to keep its head above water.
Judging from just camo’d preproduction shots, we can tell that the next-gen Q5 will be very proportionally similar to the current model. Size, shape and overhangs all look early similar. In profile, even with the camouflage, the 2018 Q5 is easily identifiable as a Q5. This could be a good thing, as people will immediately feel comfortable with the design, but it could prove to be a bad thing as other competitors are putting out some striking designs.
Underneath the skin, however, the 2018 Audi Q5 will be entirely new. Built on Volkswagen’s new MLB platform, the Q5 should be lighter, more rigid and have better chassis dynamics then the model it will soon replace. Even though the new Q5 will likely grow in size, it should still be significantly lighter. This will help increase both performance and efficiency, especially considering that it will also have new engines.
The base powertrain, at least in the US market, will be the same 252 hp 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder found in the more potent version of the upcoming B9 Audi A4. Diesel variants should be available in the rest of the world markets as well, but we’re not likely to see those Stateside. All engines will be mated to Audi’s latest version of the S-Tronic 7-Speed dual-clutch transmission.
It’s possible that the new Q5 will also have an SQ5 variant as well as an uterine, but no word yet on those. All we now is that the new Q5 can’t be the same old Q5 if Audi wants to stay alive in this hotly contested segment. Judging from the spy shots, it doesn’t look too much different than the current model, but let’s just hope that we’re unfairly judging a book by its cover.