Audi’s baby SUV is taking its first steps and will be available on showrooms next year, after being unveiled at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show, next March. The 2008 Q5 enters a fresh market sector for Audi, joining other compact SUVs such as Mercedes’ imminent MLK.
The new model takes inspiration from the Q7 and Cross Coupé quattro revealed at last month’s Shanghai Motor Show. It features Audi’s trademark front grille, distinctive LED headlights and a steeply curved roofline. Beefy wheelarches and a pumped-up stance complete the look. Inside, there will be seating for five, while the luggage area gets the same multi-rail system as fitted to the A6 Allroad, which is designed to hold smaller objects in place.
The Q5 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 FSI V8 variant also is expected.