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New Audi Q5 for 2016

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The next generation Q5 should arrive in 2016, and with the compact SUV market growing increasingly competitive, it'll need to be very good. Audi's plan is to make it more stylish, lighter and more technologically advanced, which also means adding a plug in hybrid powertrain.

The next Q7, due at the end of 2014, will act as a kind of precursor to what to expect from the Q5, particularly the new Q-line design language. Audi is going for a sharper look, retaining the silhouette of the front grille but switching from vertical to horizontal strakes. The headlamps will be slimmed down and customers will be offered Audi's MatrixBeam LED system. As seen on the new TT and the A8, this will allow drivers to maintain main beam, without blinding oncoming vehicles, by blocking out certain light areas.

The new TT has showcased Audi's new interior design language, with the super minimal 'Virtual Cockpit' that places all the important driving functions on a large colour screen, rather than crowding the dashboard with buttons. The Q7 will be furnished with the same system and, no doubt, the Q5 will follow suit.

Using the high strength steel and aluminium architecture of the MLB scalable platform, to be seen on every Audi model from the next A4 upwards, will allow the company to chop about 100kg off the Q5's kerb weight for better fuel economy and handling. A new engine range will also contribute to improved efficiency.

Along with the four and six cylinder combustion engines, Audi will be introducing a plug in hybrid version called the e-quattro. The system applies hybrid technology to four wheel drive, rather than using the front wheel drive only e-tron system that Audi currently uses. E-quattro has already been demonstrated in the Allroad Shooting Brake concept, blending a 2.0 litre turbo petrol engine with an electric motor driving the front wheels, plus another to assist the rear. The result was apparently 148.7mpg that should be transferable to the new Q5. There will also be a fully electric range of around 30 miles.

In terms of combustion engines, Audi's existing 2.0 litre TDI unit will be updated to include improved fuel economy, up to 60mpg from 50mpg. There will also be a 3.0 litre V6 diesel engine for the Q5, which will also be available in boosted form, for the SQ5.

Expect a starting price for the Q5 of around £32,000.

The next step for Audi is expected to be a Q6, a practical seven seat family SUV.

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