The next-generation Audi Q5 has been spied in the midst of testing for the very first time. While still a couple of years from reaching the market, it is reported that the next-gen Q5 will make use of a selection of technologies from the larger 2015 Q7.
Beneath the skin, the next Audi Q5 will be based around the MLB architecture currently used by the latest generation of Audi A4. Thanks to this new platform, the Q5 should weigh about 100 kg less than the current model.
From an engine standpoint, the car is tipped to be available with a selection of four and six cylinder engines and for the first time, a plug-in hybrid will also be available. This variant is tipped to be dubbed the e-quattro and will feature an all-electric range of about 30 miles.
Visually, it is likely that the new Q5 will borrow a range of styling elements from the Q7. As a result, rectangular headlights are expected alongside flared front and rear wheel arches. From these spy shots, a prominent crease can be seen running from the front wheel arches right through the rear fascia of the compact SUV adding to its aggressiveness.