The combustion engine will bow out in style.
Over the past couple of months, we've seen Audi prove that electric vehicles can be exciting. The German automaker's RS Q e-tron off-road racer made history this month by winning a challenging desert rally. Meanwhile, images captured during a winter testing session of the new e-tron Sportback crossover showed that the brand's on-road EVs can be fun to drive too. Ken Block's new toy is also an all-electric Audi that looks like a hoot to drive, but not all of the brand's cars are going electric just yet. In fact, the Audi Q5 is getting one more shot at electrification-free existence and, if these spy shots are anything to go by, it'll be a handsome-looking thing.
This new crossover is reportedly being developed on the same platform as the new Audi A4. We're expecting the Q5's dimensions to swell slightly in an effort to give passengers more room and practicality. As for styling, this new model appears to be gaining a much sharper design with more angular upright intakes at each end of the front bumper and a tauter Singleframe grille in the center. The triangular lower grille is being carried over, but again with a more clearly defined outline. The headlights will be getting sharper too, while the taillights appear to be getting a more streamlined shape and a slimmer footprint on the rear. The units you see here will be swapped out with the production design in time, but the shape is certainly changing.
We can also see a panoramic glass roof and the obligatory roof rails, while the lower section of the rear bumper shows enough accommodation for a quartet of exhaust tips, which could confirm the return of the sporty SQ5. On the bottom end of the spectrum, we're expecting the Q5 to borrow the A4 sedan's engine offerings too, with a mild-hybrid system likely to be the standard configuration. Plug-in hybrid versions are also expected, but it'll be some time before we get any official confirmation on these theories as testing of the prototypes has only just begun. A full reveal will likely happen sometime next year only, with the Q5 arriving as a 2024 model.