New Audi Q5 to arrive in 2023 without electric model

Petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid engines will be the only choices for the new Audi Q5 when it arrives next year.

  • Expected 2023
  • Plug-in hybrid but no full EV model
  • Coupe version also expected

The Audi Q5 model is set to be replaced next year with an all-new model that will be the firm’s last generation mid-size SUV before the brand moves solely to EVs for 2030. The popular Q5 will likely be given a petrol and diesel engine with mild hybrid technology, as well as a plug-in hybrid option. However, there’s unlikely to be an all-electric option.

While the Q5 wasn’t the first Audi SUV, it has become its most successful vehicle, with 300,000 sales globally. Pressure to maintain that success means the new Audi Q5 will need to attract the same wide variety of buyers from the moment it arrives in showrooms in markets across the globe. That means the new model must convince buyers not just in Europe, but also in North American, and China along with other key markets.

As a result, our images of the new model suggest an SUV that makes evolutionary changes rather than a bold new statement. 

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The images show a vehicle that has similar proportions to the existing model both in wheelbase and overhangs. At the front a large grille retains the signature Audi look but with a raised and squared off nose that gives a stronger appearance. The rectangular lights and straight edges of the lower bumper reinforce this imposing design without diluting the recognisable styling of the existing Q5. The rear features the brand’s now trademark full width LED lighting design.

Although the exterior doesn’t break much new ground, the interior will likely receive a complete overhaul. In recent years Audi has delivered some of the most upmarket and hi-tech designs, and the next Q5 cabin will likely feature new infotainment and switchgear.

The new model will be the third generation of Audi Q5, and like the current car will likely include an additional coupê-shaped Sportback model

Despite Audi’s commitment to electrification, an all-electric e-tron model of the Q5 is not expected in Europe. However, one is likely for the Chinese market. The combustion engines that will be offered in the new model have been described as “the best” Audi has created by the brand’s technical boss, Oliver Hoffman.

Petrol and diesel engines (both with a 2,0-litre capacity) are to be fitted with a more advanced and powerful mild hybrid system than on the current Audi Q5. In addition, a plug-in hybrid model is expected with refinements over the current system fitted in the 50 TFSI , which is currently capable of 37 miles of EV driving range and produces 295bhp. A range topping SQ5 model will likely carryover the current car’s 3.0 litre V6 turbocharged engine.

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For those disappointed that the new Q5 will not be offered as an EV there is some good news in the form of the expected Q6 e-tron model in 2024, which is an all-electric model of a similar size to the Q5. It’s expected that the Q6 will be constructed on the PPE platform that will also be used on the next generation Porsche Macan, rather than the MLB architecture of the Q5.

Sales are likely to begin at the end of next year, with prices expected to rise above the current generation's £46,000 starting price.

Check out Audi’s Q5 competitors with our reviews of the BMW X3, Lexus NX, Mercedes GLC, and Jaguar F-Pace.

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