[cars name="Audi"] plans to add this five-passenger crossover to tuck in below the . The Q5 gets its bones from the next sedan; think of it as a taller (and slightly heavier) take on the Allroad wagon. Exterior styling will resemble that of the Q7, complete with that vehicle’s high beltline and athletic stance.
Powerplant choices should include a range of four- and six-cylinder engines, although VW’s narrow-angle V-6 will most likely be saved for use in the upcoming Porsche Roxster, which will share the Q5’s architecture. A diesel option also is probable. Transmission choices will include a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic. As with all Audi “Q” models, Quattro all-wheel drive will be standard.
AND A CROSSOVER IN EVERY POT: Audi is working backward as it fleshes out its lineup of SUVs and crossovers. The -derived Q3 is next, and a smaller Q1 is rumored, too, leading us to wonder when – if? – the niche-filling madness will end. The Q5 might do well in the U.S. market, but we just can’t bring ourselves to get that excited about it.