2017 audi q5 – DOC640005
Launched in 2008 to compete against the BMW X3 , which the Bavarian company introduced as early as 2003, the Audi Q5 is getting a little long in the tooth, despite receiving a facelift in 2012. Rumors about Audi working on a replacement have first surfaced the Interwebz in 2014, but it wasn’t until recently that a prototype was spotted roaming the streets. Now, our trusty paparazzi have caught the crossover doing some hot-weather testing in Spain, which confirms that development is well underway.
However, word has it an official reveal isn’t planned until 2017, which means you will have to wait until the 2018 model year to find it in U.S. dealerships.
It’s no longer a mystery that the next-generation Q5 will be based on the MLB platform also underpinning the 2016 Audi A4 and 2016 Audi Q7 . This means the crossover will employ high-strength steel and aluminum that will help reduce weight by around 200 pounds while providing a more rigid structure than the current model. Both handling and fuel economy will obviously benefit from the reduced weight, but expect all trims to be quicker too.
Stay tuned for more details on the upcoming Q5. We’ll be back as soon as we have it.
Updated 08/13/2015: The next generation Audi Q5 was caught testing in Spain. The car isn’t expected to be officially unveiled until early 2017, but these photos reveal lots of design influences from the new Audi A4 and the Q7.
2017 Audi Q6 – testing in Spain
Although the crossover is camouflaged from bumper to bumper, it’s quite obvious that the design language will mirror the A4’s and Q7’s. Specifically, both the front and rear fascias will feature sharper lines, more angular headlamps and taillights, and mildly revised bumpers. I expect the overall size and shape of the new Q5 to be similar to its predecessor, with no more than a couple of inches added to its length. To get a better impression of the Q5’s updated styling, check out the rendering we created for the 2017 Audi SQ5. Just picture it with less aggressive bumpers and sitting higher from the ground.
As seen in both the new Q7 and A4, the interior is in for a significant overhaul. The previous dashboard will be replaced by a newly designed unit with a continuous air-vent strip, while a cleaner, wider center console will give the cabin a more high-tech look. There will also be a new steering wheel with revised buttons, a larger, free-standing display for the infotainment system, and a new air conditioning unit with fewer buttons and controls. Of course, the new Q5 will also receive upgraded soft-touch materials, high-grade leather in the more expensive trims, and an array of upholstery color choices. As with most redesigns, the Q5 should also have increased headroom and legroom, and enhanced cargo capacity.
Much like the new A4, the Q5 will receive an array of four-cylinder and V-6 engines displacing 2.0 and 3.0 liters, respectively. The U.S. version should get a 2.0-liter four-banger with around 230 horsepower and a supercharged, 3.0-liter V-6 rated at almost 290 horses. A diesel version, motivated by the trusty 3.0-liter V-6 TDI, is also on the table with around 255 horsepower and nearly 440 pound-feet of torque. A hybrid variant pairing a 2.0-liter four-banger and an electric motor will likely follow later in the crossover’s life cycle. In the transmission department, new generations of the S tronic, Tiptronic and manual gearboxes should be offered in the U.S. and Europe as well.
With improved engines at its disposal and rumored to be about 200 pounds lighter than its predecessor, the new Q5 will deliver better performance, return better mileage, and emit less carbon-dioxide.
With the current Q5 priced from $40,900, the redesigned crossover should retail from around $43,000 before options. We will find out more when the vehicle breaks cover in 2017.
BMW X3 M
BMW ’s X3 SUV has been a big seller for the Bavarian automaker over the last several years. Its smaller, more nimble size allows folks to navigate tight city streets while still carrying five people and their cargo in relative comfort and relatively high off the ground. Powered by either an inline-four or an inline-six, the X3 makes decent power for moving it around town or down the freeway at a good pace.
The base engine is a 2.0-liter I-4 making 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of toque. It’s available in both rear- and all-wheel-drive. Next up is a 3.0-liter I-6 turbo diesel engine making 180 horses and 280 pound-feet or torque. The top-line engine is the 3.0-liter I-6 gasoline mill kicking out 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque.
Prices for the X3 currently start at $38,600 and rise quickly to over $45,000 with extra options and the larger engine.
Updated and renamed for the 2016 model year, the GLC is a strong competitor in this segment, offering both a gasoline V-6 and turbo diesel inline-four, both with Mercedes ’ 4Matic all-wheel-drive as an option. At launch, the GLC-Class will only be available with just one engine in the U.S.: the turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-banger with 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. The engine will mate to a nine-speed automatic.
Later on, Mercedes will probably also add the GLC400, using a twin-turbo, 3.0-liter V-6 probably rated at the same 329 horsepower and 354 pound-feet as in the 2015 Mercedes C400 version of the C-Class sedan . U.S. pricing for the GLC starts at $38,950.
It’s way too early to draw a conclusion here, but looking at the new Q7 and A4 it’s safe to assume the Q5 will be an improvement in just about any department. With a fresh design. more powerful and more efficient drivetrains, as well as an updated interior, the Q5 should have what it takes to give the new Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class and the BMW X3 a run for their money. Unfortunately for Audi enthusiasts, the Q5 will remains the most expensive choice here.
- Fresh design
- Updated engine with enhanced output and improved fuel economy
- Revised interior
- Likely more expensive than competition
- Tough segment
- Not available until 2017