2018 Audi Q5 Spied Testing for the First Time

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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