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.