Audi is working on a new Q5 for 2016, and with a raft of new compact SUV rivals also on their way, it's going to have to be better than ever.
Audi is putting the finishing touches to the new Q7 – due to be unveiled at the end of this year – and many of the features introduced on that car will make their way on to the Q5. Chief among them is the new, more angular Q styling. The basic shape of the large, upright grille remains, but where the current car’s strakes run vertically, Audi will switch to a horizontal design.
The headlights are narrower and will be offered with the same MatrixBeam LED tech as on the A8 and new TT – they can remain on main beam, while masking out small areas of light so as not to blind drivers of oncoming cars.
We know Audi wants other models to get the simple Virtual Cockpit design found in the TT, which limits the number of buttons and places all information on a large
TFT screen in front of the driver. The new Q7 will benefit from this, and the tech will almost certainly make it into the Q5.
The new car is set to be based on the MLB architecture that will also underpin everything from the next-generation A4 right up to the Q7. With high-strength steels and aluminium structures, Audi hopes to reduce the kerbweight of the Q5 by around 100kg, which will obviously improve handling and fuel economy.