2018 Audi Q5 spy shots – Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
A new generation of the Audi Q5 is set to enter production this year. The small SUV will likely come on the market next year, initially with four-cylinder power only. Shortly after, though, we could see some performance-oriented models added to the range, this time including an RS Q5.
We’ve known that Audi has been considering an RS Q5 since at least 2011. Sources at the automaker have now revealed to Autocar that the vehicle will be coming as early as the second half of 2017. It’s said to be in development alongside new versions of the RS 4 and RS 5, with all three set to share an engine, dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel-drive system.
The engine is believed to be a new twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 delivering more than 450 horsepower. This should give the RS Q5 a significant power boost over the new SQ5, which is expected to adopt the 354-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 introduced in the latest S4.
The RS Q5 will be the latest high-riding addition to the expanding family of performance-oriented cars at the Audi Sport division. There’s already the RS Q3, SQ5 and SQ5 TDI. The success of these models has prompted Audi to develop not only the RS Q5 but an SQ7 as well.
Production of the RS Q5 should take place alongside regular Q5s at Audi’s new plant in Mexico.