Although heavily disguised, a similar front-end treatment to the Q7 is visible, with more angular headlights and a thick grille surround, finished in chrome. More rakish rear lights also feature on the rear of the car, while the chunky profile of the Q5 is maintained.
Car manufacturers are unsurprisingly racing to launch new SUVs on the market, including Audi which will soon be introducing new Q2, Q6 and Q8 models. The automaker is also redesigning existing models, with the redesigned Q7 now in showrooms and, as evidenced by these latest spy shots, a redesigned Q5 coming soon.
Judging by the shots, the new Q5 will feature similar proportions to the current model which was first introduced for the 2009 model year. There are clear influences from the larger Q7, and those tail-lights look similar to the ones on the latest A4.
Underneath the sheet metal is the SUV version of the Volkswagen Group’s new MLB Evo platform, which will eventually underpin most Audi models from the A4 up. The platform has already made its way into the A4 and Q7, bringing with it substantial weight savings and compatibility with electrified powertrains. With the A4, some variants are as much as 264 pounds lighter than their predecessor models, despite the new car growing in size, and we suspect similar improvements for the new Q5.
The Q5 will switch from being made in Europe to a new facility in San José Chiapa in Mexico. Why? Wages are notably lower in Mexico than they are in Germany, A Q6 model will also be introduced a few years from now, the rumors suggest.