First look at new 2023 Audi Q5

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The original Q5 was just the second SUV from Audi, following the Q7. Now, the German firm offers seven different SUVs with both eyes on creating more within the all-electric e-tron range. 

One of Audi’s most popular models, the Q5 has battled with the likes of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and BMW X3, and now there’s a new third-generation model in the works.

We can expect the new Q5 to change with the times and receive VW Group’s new SSP platform, rather than a modified version of the PPE platform underpinning the similarly sized, all-electric Q6 e-tron. The SSP platform has been built to replace the MLB architecture that forms the basis of plenty of VW Audi Group cars – such as the current Q5. 

As we can tell from these spy shots, the new platform shouldn’t change the overall proportions too much and traditional Audi design details remain. There’s a wide front grille, albeit a bit sleeker than the outgoing Q5. There’s also side front vents and a lower grille – just as you’d find on the current car. 

Moving to the back, there are quad-lights similar to the recently spied A6 e-tron. Also like that car, the rear lights are more than likely to be just test units with a prominent full-length rear light bar design behind, as seen on both petrol-powered Audis and the e-tron range. Expect those twin exhausts to be covered in a shroud like most modern combustion-engined Audis. 

Audi has stated that it’ll continue to produce diesel-powered cars by 2026, giving more than enough time for a diesel variant of the next Q5 to come to fruition. There should also be a petrol with plug-in hybrid capability with Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive.

The interior of the new Q5 should boast Audi’s 11.6-inch infotainment screen with the latest version of the firm’s MMI system, as seen in the new Q4 e-tron. 

There’s no word on pricing but we can expect it to launch some time in 2023 to rival the upcoming Mercedes GLC.

Check out the latest on the Audi Q6 e-tron here



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