As one of the leaders in segment of luxury cars, Audi constantly brings plenty of innovations to us. This year is very important for German manufacturer, especially when it is about SUVs. Beside new Q7 which was unveiled in January, we are also expecting a next generation of company’s compact crossover, which will be called 2016 Audi Q5. This model is in production since 2008 and although it was refreshed in 2012, it is about time to see a next-generation model, especially if we consider that all of competitors already came or will came in near future with their new models.
2016 Audi Q5 design
The 2016 Audi Q5 will be completely redesigned. It will be based on the new, versatile MLB platform, which is used for plenty of company’s models. Beside other improvements, it is worth to mention that this platform will also provide significant weight savings, about 220 pounds. When it is about crossover’s look, it will be based on bigger Q7, which was presented in January. Expect to see same design solutions. Just like its big brother, 2016 Audi Q5 will come with more angular design, although base characteristic won’t be much different, compared to previous model. This company never comes with radical changes, when it is about look. The most of the changes will be at the front end. New model will feature modified front fascia, which will come with new LED headlights and grille, which will keep the same basic shape, but it will have horizontal strakes instead of vertical, which characterized previous model. Although it is still unknown, we expect that 2016 Q5 will also feature plenty of new safety features that came with new Q7. There are features like Predictive Efficiency Assistant, Turning Assistant, Exit Warning System, Avoidance Assistant etc.
2016 Audi Q5 under the hood
When it is about engines, just like its predecessor, 2016 Audi Q5 will be available in wide range of diesel and petrol units. It will feature improved FSI and TDI units, which will come with more power, but also with better economy. However, there is one big novelty. New model will be also available in hybrid variant. According to the latest reports, 2016 Q5 hybrid will feature configuration which will be consisted of 2.0 liter turbo engine and two electric motors – one will run front, while the other will run rear wheels. Company claims that this model will be good for 148 mpg, while electric-only range will be around 30 miles.
2016 Audi Q5 release date and price
The exact date of 2016 Q5’s launch is still unknown, but it should come somewhere in the middle of next year. Starting price should be around 48.000 dollars.