Audi is now testing its next-generation Q5 crossover.
With the introduction of the new Audi A4, the German automaker is looking to take advantage of its new, lightweight MLB architecture to shed weight from its crossover lineup.
Currently, Audi is putting the finishing touches on the next-generation Q7, which is expected to debut later this year. Expect some of the new technologies Audi introduces in the new Q7 to make its way to the 2018 Audi Q5, which should lose around 225 lbs of weight thanks to the new platform.
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In addition to the standard selection of four- and six-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines, Audi is expected to offer the Q5 with a plug-in hybrid variant with an all-electric range of around 30 miles. Once the Q5 is introduced onto the market, don’t be surprised to see the more powerful SQ5 not far behind.
It is also being reported that once the next-generation Audi Q5 is introduced sometime next year, the company will expand its Q family by adding a new, seven-seat Q6 to its lineup. Look for more information on Audi’s seven-seater in mid-2016.
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