Things are already shaping up for the new 2016 Audi Q5 SUV set to debut in the U.S. in 2017, including a plug-in hybrid version. AutoExpress is reporting the new SUV will feature a much more angular style, departing from the rounded, almost curvy style of the current ‘utes. This plays into the styling Audi has already brought to market with the new TT.
The styling of the new SUV is said to include new horizontally-arranged grille spokes with the Audi rings predominantly displayed at top-dead center. The all-LED MatrixBeam headlights will be much smaller and have a more angular look as well. Down low, large air intakes help cool the powertrain and brakes while providing visual mass down low.
Also speculated by AutoExpress is Audi’s continuation of its virtual cockpit design first seen in the TT. The design allows for a minimal use of physical buttons, all replaced by a large TFT display.
It’s said the new Q5 will be based on the MLB platform also underpinning the upcoming next-generation A4 sedan along with the Q5’s big brother, the Q7. High-strength steels and aluminum materials help reduce weight while providing a more ridged structure than the current SUVs roll on. Both handling and fuel economy will obviously benefit from the added lightness.
The report further speculates about the Q5’s powerplants. Both a four-cylinder and six-cylinder engines will be offered, along with a diesel powerplant. More importantly, Audi’s e-tron hybrid system is slated for inclusion, however it will be modified for use with all-wheel-drive and will be called e-quattro.
*Note: Current Audi Q5 pictured here.
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2014 Audi Q5
BWM’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 Autobahn with a hurried 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 $39,325 and rise quickly to over $45,000 with extra options and the larger engine.
Gallery BMW X3
The GLK 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. The GLK enjoys a low hood height allowing the driver to easily view the road ahead while still enjoying the taller right height an SUV offers.
Powering the GLK is a 3.5-liter, V-6 gasoline-powerplant with direct-injection making 302 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. It also features stop/start technology that helps with fuel efficiency when driving through heavy city traffic. Optional is the 2.1-liter BlueTEC twin-turbo inline-four diesel making 200 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Sure, its low on horses, but the nearly 400 pound-feet make up the difference.
Starting prices begin at $37,480 for the GLK350 with the 3.5-liter and $38,980 for the GLK250 BlueTEC.
Gallery Mercedes GLK-Class
The Q5 has been a successful crossover for Audi, selling nearly 140,000 units within the U.S. alone since its launch here in 2009. It’s first facelift came in 2012 by way of a revised front and rear fascia and a refreshed interior which included a new four-button MMI navigation plus system.