After the Audi Q7 and then the A4, it’s not the Q5’s turn to get a facelift refresh. What’s interesting about the Q5 following the A4 and Q7 is the fact that both the latter two cars seem to actually look a bit worse after the facelift. Not that their ugly but both of their pre-facelift designs were more handsome than what they have now. However, it seems as if the Audi Q5 will actually benefit from the facelift, as evidenced by these new spy photos. (We don’t own the spy photos but you can see them here)
In these new photos, we can see a facelifted Audi Q5 doing some winter testing in the snow, while wearing some camouflage. Despite the camo, we can see quite a bit of the new car’s design updates, including its new headlights, taillights and Singleframe grille.
Up front, this facelifted Audi Q5 looks much more sorted than the facelifted Q7, which looks a bit messy now. Its headlights look sharp and sporty and are more angular before, giving the entire face a more aggressive look. Adding to that is the new grille, which is similar to the rest of Audi’s new grilles. So it’s a bit wider and shorter while also lacking surrounding trim, which makes it look sportier. Continuing that sporty look is the grille insert, which now features a hexagonal “chain-link” look that’s typically reserved for Audi Sport models.
Out back, it seems as if the Audi Q5 has gotten some new taillights but they don’t seem drastically different than those on the current car. The actual taillight housings seem the same but the lighting elements inside seem to have changed. Still, it’s a good looking rump, so no need to change it. It still doesn’t have exhaust pipes, which is annoying, but let’s hope Audi just ditches them rather than giving it fake ones.
All-in, the facelifted Audi Q5 should look quite a bit better than the current car and that’s kind of a surprise. With the Q7 and Q4, Audi seems to have messed with a good thing, fixing designs that weren’t broken. With the Q5, though, it seems as if the designers in Ingolstadt gave it smart and good looking updates to keep it fresh looking against its newer competition