These renderings show that that the Q5 is likely to follow Audi’s new design trend of adding a row of LEDs under the headlights. Under the new sheet metal, Audi will add its next generation version of quattro all-wheel drive, which is expected to be much lighter than the current system and suffer from less wear-and-tear. A new suspension system with adaptive air-cushioning will also feature.
Early estimates put the price of the new SUV at €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 330hp 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. Launch date is set for early 2008, with a smaller Q3 model and sister company Volkswagen’s Tiguan SUV, which is based on the same platform as the Q5, expected to debut soon after.