2013 Audi Q5 Hybrid Quattro Spied Cold Weather Testing

It's been awhile since we've heard anything regarding the Audi Q5 Hybrid Quattro. The Q5 Hybrid Quattro made its debut at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, and if these spot shots are any indication, it could be coming with the Q5's next face-lift at the end of the year.

What Motor Trend's spy photographer did to deserve such a – well, rude – reaction likely relates to him catching Audi's face-lifted 2013 Q5 wearing next-to-no camouflage. Unlike the last Q5 we spied, this tester didn't have any camouflage on its grille, allowing us to see Audi's new corporate grille. Up front, this Q5 Hybrid Quattro also features Audi's new headlight design, with its LED lighting element moving from the top to the bottom of the headlamp. This Q5 mule also sports an all-new front bumper, with a redesigned valance, and new fog light surrounds. Suffice it to say, those sweet-looking driving lamps mounted in the grille won't make it into production.

Out back, the 2013 Q5 experiences a few more subtle changes than the front of the crossover. The taillights are redesigned, and the rear bumper is new. Also new are the exhaust tips, which are now D-shaped, as opposed to oval shaped.

The Q5's profile remains unchanged, save for the "Hybrid" badge on the front-quarter panel. When it first debuted at the L.A. Auto Show, the Q5 Quattro Hybrid sported a 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 and electric motor combo under the hood, producing 245 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. Audi claimed the Q5 Quattro Hybrid could achieve 33.6 mpg. We're not completely sure when we can expect the 2013 Q5 to make its debut, but it probably won't happen until the third or fourth quarter of this year.

Head on over to Motor Trend to check out the full gallery, and see Audi's engineer giving Motor Trend the bird.

Source: Motor Trend

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