Audi confirmed their plans to build a smaller crossover. The Q5 will be based on the Roadjet Concept, and will be built in Ingolstadt . Production is expected to begin in 2008, with the 2009 models to be the first to arrive in the States.
The Q5 will offer optional air suspension and possibly even the Roadjet concept’s "dynamic steering" and "drive select" options. In addition, a production version of Audi’s car-to-car communications system may find its way into the Q5 - although it will likely be a few years after the Q5’s launch.
It will be offered with a choice of direct-injection 2.0-liter Inline-4 and 3.2-liter V6 gas and turbo-diesel engines. A high-performance 4.2-liter V8 variant also is expected. There are even plans for a sports version which may get the famous S badging and the 261 hp 2-litre TFSI from the new S3. Diesel power will be the main selling force in Europe market with the 2.0 TDI and 3.0-litre V6 TDI both being offered. For the Us market the V8 power plants which are essential, so the engines will be mounted lengthwise, not transversely. The Q5 will also feature a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG gearbox.
Porsche may also offer a small ute on this platform, but that likely won’t happen before the 2011 model year.