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India-bound next Audi Q5 masterfully rendered

Snapshot: RM Design has digitally envisioned Audi's second generation Q5 crossover.

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The Audi Q5 has been on sale since 2008 with a facelift arriving four years later, but even so the crossover is starting to show its age so naturally a second generation is in the works and is programmed to enter production towards the end of next year. It will be manufactured at a new factory in San José Chiapa, Mexico and is programmed to go on sale by late 2016 / early 2017.

The design will likely be evolutionary and we won’t be too surprised if the real deal will be very close to these two speculative renders developed by independent artist RM Design. Chances are the new Q5 will look more or less like a downsized Q7, so expect to find a prominent hexagonal front grille, more angular lines and a slight increase in size to distance itself from the Q3.

As far as the underpinnings are concerned, the new Audi Q5 will use the same MLB Evo architecture as the latest generation A4 (B9) and this is expected to bring a weight loss, even though the car will be a tad bigger. The increase in size will be noticed inside the cabin where the rear passengers will enjoy the additional legroom granted by the extended wheelbase. Chances are the new Q5 will also take advantage of the Audi Virtual Cockpit, a fully digital instrument cluster with a 12.3-inch size as seen in the latest TT, A4 and R8.

Full LED matrix headlights are likely on the agenda while underneath the hood the new Audi Q5 will use just about the same motors as the new A4, so expect an assortment of 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines, along with a beefier 3.0 TDI and there also will be hotter SQ5 derivatives in both gasoline and diesel flavors. Audi could decide to surprise us by coming out with a fully-fledged RS Q5, but this hasn’t been confirmed just yet.

The regular second generation Q5 is expected to show up at a major car event in United States in the first half of 2016 and the best venues for this to happen will be in Detroit in January and a few months later in New York.

Source: RM Design

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