The new Q5 will switch to the Volkswagen Group’s MLB platform for models with a longitudinal engine layout, as used by the latest A4. The move to the lighter architecture has allowed Audi to pack in more luxury and safety equipment while still delivering weight savings, with some sources suggesting the new car will be about 100kg lighter than the model it replaces, with the leanest editions weighing 1620kg.That could make Audi’s SUV about 200kg lighter than the Mercedes GLC, a key rival.
Most Q5s will be four-wheel drive, but more basic engine options are likely to be offered with front-wheel drive as well. The new A4’s four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines are likely to be carried over to the Q5 without major modifications, while the petrol V6 — still a key motor for the US market but unlikely to be offered in the UK — is part of a joint project with Porsche. Entry-level front-wheel-drive four-cylinder models will come with the lowest CO2 emissions.