Audi was caught testing a prototype for a redesigned Q5
Expected as the 2025 model in 2024, Audi will end with the new third-generation Q5 with internal-combustion power, as the automaker has confirmed that only electric vehicles will be launched after 2026.
The new Q5 has been tested alongside a redesigned A4 which we will see launch a year ago. Both vehicles are expected to ride on an updated version of the Volkswagen Group’s MLB Evo platform, the current Q5 and A4, meaning the engine’s longitudinal mounting and standard front-wheel drive.
The somewhat conservatively styled new Q5 seems to be taking on a much more dramatic look than the current generation. However, the general size seems to be almost the same. The resulting design should be similar to the Q5 E-Tron that was just launched in China.
2022 Audi Q5 E-Tron
Instead of looking for a Q5 E-Tron in the US, we will be treated with a separate electric SUV called the Q6 E-Tron. It is also out of testing and is due for release later this year.
A redesigned Q5 Sportback should also come. The prototype for the coupe-like variant will appear in about a year.
Hopefully all of the new Q5 and Q5 Sportback powertrains will be electrified, with either light-hybrid or plug-in hybrid technology, coupled with inline-4 or V-6 engines. It is not clear whether diesel engines will be offered, although there may be some markets where fuel is still popular
Q5 production for North America is currently operated at Audi’s plant in Mexico. The same should be true of the new generation.