Audi has announced the new factory in Mexico is almost ready and will build the second-gen Q5 from next year. The country’s president Enrique Peña Nieto had the chance to check out an early prototype of the new crossover, but official details are not available at this point. That being said, Peña mentioned “how well the production of Mexico’s first premium vehicle will reflect on the nation’s progress as a manufacturing power.”
He also inaugurated 13 miles (21 km) of highway from the assembly plant to one of the most important transport arteries in the country. According to Audi, this route can connect Mexico City and Veracruz, with the latter being a city on the Gulf of Mexico that represents an significant port for shipments of towards the old continent.
Little is known about the second-gen Q5 at this moment, but the model is expected to ride on the MLB Evo architecture and will come with just about the same array of engines as the all-new A4 B9 while the styling should be influenced by the second generation Q7 full-size SUV.
It will go on sale towards the end of 2016 which means the new Q5 will be a 2017 model year.