Audi’s entire range is getting a wholesale revamp, as you can tell by the barrage of reveals and spyshots. Yesterday, we showed you photos of the facelifted A5 Sportback, and now our European spy photographers have managed to capture a similarly refreshed Q5 making the rounds.
This particular nip and tuck isn’t quite as comprehensive as that for the A4, with the entire bodyside – and the distinctive wavy shoulder line – being retained. However, there are still a number of noticeable changes, adapting cues from siblings like the new Q3.
Front and centre is the octagonal “singleframe” grille that is becoming a hallmark of Ingolstadt’s SUVs, which is slimmer and flatter than the one that came before it. This has necessitated the reshaping of the trapezoidal headlights which, together with the revised dual-tier graphics, give the car a sharper look. The fake air intakes flanking the grille have also been redesigned, becoming taller and narrower.
At the rear, changes are limited to revised tail light graphics and a reshaped bumper insert; like the A4, we’re also expecting a chrome strip to join the tail lights visually. Inside, the Q5 is expected to receive the new MMI interface with a large touchscreen (jettisoning the rotary dial) and a new Audi virtual cockpit plus instrument display, the latter with a “dynamic” theme.
As for engines, the Q5’s lineup should mirror that of the A4, with 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol and diesel four-cylinder mills and a 3.0 litre V6 turbodiesel, along with 12- and 24-volt mild hybrid systems, manual and S tronic dual-clutch transmissions and quattro all-wheel drive. This particular test unit also sports flaps on either side of the rear, marking it out as the TFSI e plug-in hybrid model.
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