Audi’s Q5 crossover has been available in the U.S. since 2009, with a refresh for 2013 to keep the model from going stale, but next-generation Q5 will offer Audi fans a host of new changes for the 2016 model year.
The 2016 Audi Q5 will come with a plethora of engines, including a 245-hp 2.0L turbo, 190-hp 2.0L four-cylinder turobodiesel, and a 272-hp 3.0L turbodiesel V-6. Audi is also hinting at a 354-hp triple-turbo 3.0L TDI, with the third turbo to be utilized as an electric compressor for off-the-line power. A Q5 E-tron Quattro is also in the works and will feature a plug-in hybrid powertrain comprised of a 252 hp 2.0L inline-four turbo mated to a 109-hp electric motor.
The Q5 will move to the new, lightweight MLB-evo platform, which debuted with the 2015 Q7 and which Motor Trend suggests will improve fuel efficiency and handling. The next-gen Q5 will also have LED (or possibly laser) headlights, S-line packages, larger wheels, and matte paint options. Audi will also use an instrument screen similar to that being used in the TT, as well as a steering wheel-mounted Drive Select and an advanced infotainment system.
The 2016 Q5 will be produced at Audi’s new plant in San José Chiapa, Mexico with initial annual output of roughly 150,000 units.