Latest teaser video shows the car will have an adjustable ride height, suggesting it'll inherit the air suspension from the Q7; the Q5 will also get Audi's latest lighting technology
Sam Sheehan
26 September 2016

The 2017 Audi Q5 will come with optional adjustable air suspension for the first time, as shown in the latest teaser video released just days before the model's official unveiling.

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The system is likely related to the one offered on the larger Q7, and should help to give the Q5 genuine off-road capabilities.

While the Q5 will make be fully revealed for the first time at this week's Paris motor show, Audi has been revealing certain features of the all-new SUV for some time. A previous teaser video showed the car's larger boot, while earlier ones showed the car's headlights, confirming it will have full LED headlights and daytime running lights.

The first teaser was a picture of the small SUV's left rear tail-light, which confirmed that the rear lights will also be LEDs.

A similar light design appears on other Audi models, including the Q7, suggesting we can also expect the Q5's interior to get a styling treatment similar to that of its larger sibling.

Earlier sightings of development cars showed that the 2017 Q5 will get a more curvy body shape than other Audis, but its grille design looks near identical to that of the Q7.

The new Q5 is closely related to the A4, and as a result will be the first Q5 to have a front-wheel drive layout. All-new underpinnings are expected to help the model reduce the old car’s 1820kg kerb weight by more than 100kg.

Key to the weight loss has been the adoption of the latest version of Audi’s MLB platform, as seen in the new Q7 and A4. This uses a greater percentage of hot-formed, high-strength steel and cast aluminium elements than the initial MLB structure, making the new Q5 both lighter and more rigid than its seven-year-old predecessor.

The new Q5 range will include a frugal plug-in hybrid model, which will have a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine and two electric motors. Other power sources in the range include V6 petrol and diesel engines, and later on a performance-focused Q5 RS with around 500bhp.

More information will be released once the car makes its full debut in Paris.

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21 September 2016
4 years late they catch up with a humble Mitsubishi PHEV... Vorsprung durch Technik?? Haha.

22 September 2016
"A similar design for the light has been seen on other models, including the Audi Q7, suggesting we can also expect the Q5's cabin to receive a styling treatment similar to that of its larger SUV sibling."

Haha, really? We can assume the Q5 will have a similar interior to the Q7 because that's generally what happens with new generation car products, but not because the headlights are similar.

That's like saying 'The new Q5 definitely has four wheels, which suggests that it will have a 2dr Coupe configuration like the R8'

23 September 2016
Shock as video clearly shows Audis do have indicators, and they may be fitted as standard on the next Q5.

26 September 2016
Are you sure it won't make it's debut at Paris this week? The press office posted only 3 days ago that it will.

@AudiUKPress

World premiere of the all-new Audi Q5 at the #ParisMotorShow – 29th September 2016 at 1:45pm

26 September 2016
That line has now been swiftly edited :)

tlb

26 September 2016
I would have thought that air suspension will be aimed at improving the much criticized Audi ride quality - I'm not sure they really care about offroad capability which must be used by a tiny proportion of their buyers.

Jag have done well to get the F-Pace out when they have. When this and the new X3 come along I think they will raise the game considerably.

27 September 2016
'The new Q5 is closely related to the A4, and as a result will be the first Q5 to have a front-wheel drive layout.'

Given that the current Q5 is based on the previous A4, and is AWD-only, is this just lazy speculation or has there been confirmation from Audi?

27 September 2016
legless wrote:

'The new Q5 is closely related to the A4, and as a result will be the first Q5 to have a front-wheel drive layout.'

Given that the current Q5 is based on the previous A4, and is AWD-only, is this just lazy speculation or has there been confirmation from Audi?

The current Q5 is not AWD only, in fact I suspect most sold are front wheel drive only to keep the tax down.

27 September 2016
legless wrote:

'The new Q5 is closely related to the A4, and as a result will be the first Q5 to have a front-wheel drive layout.'

Given that the current Q5 is based on the previous A4, and is AWD-only, is this just lazy speculation or has there been confirmation from Audi?

The current Q5 is not AWD only, in fact I suspect most sold are front wheel drive only to keep the tax down.

27 September 2016
legless wrote:

'The new Q5 is closely related to the A4, and as a result will be the first Q5 to have a front-wheel drive layout.'

Given that the current Q5 is based on the previous A4, and is AWD-only, is this just lazy speculation or has there been confirmation from Audi?

The current Q5 is not AWD only, in fact I suspect most sold are front wheel drive only to keep the tax down.

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