The current Audi Q5 is on its way out, being that it’s becoming the oldest car in its class and is in desperate need of replacement. While the current Q5 looks fine in isolation, when compared to its newer competitors, it looks extremely dated. However, Audi is working on a new one and it’s just been caught testing at the Nurburgring Nordschleife and we can make out some design cues.
Looking at the Q5 run laps at the ‘Ring, we can tell that this is certainly an evolutionary design and not a revolutionary one. However, it does seem as if the Q5 has been given the Q7 treatment, as the grille looks more prominent and the headlights more aggressive. The rear end also looks a bit more wagon-y than before, looking a bit more Porsche Macan than Audi Q5.
The new Audi Q5 will be based on the MLB platform that underpins the Audi Q7 and Audi A4. This means that it will be both lighter and more rigid than before and will be faster while also handling better. An Audi SQ5 variant will follow later on, packing the same 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 as the Audi S4 and should be able to hang with the Porsche Macan S.
The second-generation will be built in Audi’s new San José Chiapa, Mexico plant and will likely debut in October at the Paris Motor Show later this year. However, it likely won’t go on sale until 2017.