An interesting report issued by Motortrend says the second-gen Audi Q5 will be manufactured at a new factory in San José Chiapa in Mexico. The report goes on to say that the luxury crossover is going to ride on the MLB platform which should allow the vehicle to provide better handling and reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Compared to the current model, the new one could end up losing as much as 220 lbs (100 kg) as a result of making the switch to the aforementioned MLB platform.
The second-gen Audi Q5 will be offered with a generous list of gasoline and diesel engines, with some of them being revised versions of the actual units while other will be entirely new. Possible candidates include a 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine developing 245 PS (180 kW) as well as a 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbodiesel rated at 190 PS (140 kW). Also in the pipeline are a beefier 3.0-liter V6 diesel with 272 PS (200 kW) and an interesting triple-turbo 3.0-liter TDI outputting 354 PS (260 kW).
A plug-in hybrid variant will likely be offered in the second-gen Audi Q5 featuring an e-quattro system with a 252 PS (185 kW) turbocharged 2.0-liter motor working with an electric motor offering an extra 109 PS (80 kW). It will be an all-wheel drive crossover with the front axle motivated by the conventional engine while the rear wheels will be driven by the electric motor.
The second-gen Audi Q5 will likely reach showrooms towards the end of 2016.