Don’t expect the changes to be too dramatic.
It's no secret that Audi is planning an SUV onslaught this year, with as many as seven new models set to debut between now and the end of the year. We've already seen the new Q3 Sportback and A1 Citycarver debut, and last week saw the upcoming Q5 facelift make its spy photo debut. While the details were covered in camouflage, Russian website Kolesa.ru has performed some Photoshop wizardry to digitally remove the camo and show us what the production version will look like.
If these renders are accurate, the front fascia will adopt styling cues from the refreshed A4 revealed back in May, incorporating a narrower grille with fewer chrome surroundings, redesigned LED headlights, and a restyled front bumper. Similar changes will also be applied to the front, with new taillights and a tweaked rear bumper, and the render artist has also added new exhaust tailpipes and a chrome strip below the taillights. Don't expect the changes to be too dramatic, but they're necessary to keep the Q5 fresh and maintain its position as Audi's best-selling crossover.
The artist hasn't produced any renders of the cabin, but the updated 2020 Audi A4 should give us a good idea what to expect, including a new 10.1-inch infotainment screen and Audi's new MMI touch software.
Engine options from the current Q5 should carry over, so expect the US-spec model to be available with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque paired with a 7-speed automatic transmission. A hybrid variant will also utilize a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and an electric motor to produce a combined output of 367 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.
No word yet when the Audi Q5 facelift will debut, but we expect it will arrive either by the end of this year or early next year.