Preview: 2009 Audi Q5 to make Beijing debut

Preview: 2009 Audi Q5 to make Beijing debut

With Audi’s Q7 proving to be too expensive for the North American market officials are keen to release the mid-level Q5 to help spur sales in the world’s biggest car market. According to a leaked product schedule the new Q5 won’t officially go on sale until July but the car is expected to make its world debut next month at the Beijing Motor Show.

The new Q5 soft-roader is set to go head-to-head with BMW’s X3 as well as Mercedes’ upcoming GLK-Class and will be promoted as a sporty alternative to its rivals. This latest rendering of the car shows that it picks up many of the design cues from last year’s Cross Cabriolet quattro concept, which starred at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Early estimates put the price of the new SUV between €35,000 to €50,000, which will likely rule out aluminum construction. The vehicle will also miss out on third-row seating, however storage space will be close to 500L. Engine options will include a 350hp 4.2L V8 with 440Nm on tap, as well as a 3.2L V6 with 265hp. The entry-level model will come with a smaller 210hp 2.0L TFSI motor.