Like many other models in Audi’s lineup, the Q5 compact crossover is due for a refresh, and Motor Trend’s spy photographer has captured the facelifted SUV wearing barely anything at all. Though it may look just like the current model, this Q5 sports Audi’s revised grille design lurking beneath a few well-placed strips of tape.
Look closely at the upper corners of the inverted trapezoid-shaped grille, and you can see where Audi placed camo to disguise the actual grille design. Small pieces of silver-colored tape have been positioned to complete the outline of the current grille, while black tape covers portions of the chrome makes it look like the blacked-out center mesh pushes out to the corner. Once you realize where the grille stops and the bodywork actually begins, you can see that the facelifted Q5 will sport a grille similar to that of the current A6, upcoming 2013 Audi A4, and recently unveiled A3 – with the upper corners flattened for a more rounded look.
Also more rounded is the front bumper, which features a different front valance design compared to the current model. The vents in that valance get a mesh pattern and chrome single-slate accents surrounding the fog lights, as opposed to dual horizontal slat fog light surrounds on the current model.
While we now have a good idea of what the refreshed Q5 will look like, the crossover’s engine options still aren’t fully known. We previously reported a TDI version of the Q5 might arrive in the U.S. packing Audi’s 225-hp, 406-lb-ft 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 instead of the 2.0-liter diesel I-4 found in European TDI models. The U.S.-spec Q5’s current engine options, which include a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 and 3.0-liter V-6, will likely carry over, though we’ve yet to hear official word from Audi. The refreshed Q5 could make its debut sometime this year.
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Source: Motor Trend