Images of the next electric Audi have been leaked ahead of its reveal, courtesy of China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology website.
The 2022 Audi Q5 e-tron is expected to be a China-only model, and was first previewed by the Shanghai Concept earlier in 2021.
It’ll be available in single-motor 35 and 40 and dual-motor 50 quattro variants.
The base, rear-wheel drive 35 will produce either 132kW, with the 40 bumping that up to 150kW.
The all-wheel drive 50 quattro will put out 230kW of power and weighs 2410kg.
All models use an 82kWh battery.
The Volkswagen ID.6, revealed earlier in 2021 as a China-only model, uses the same powertrains and has 0-100km/h times ranging from 9.3 to 6.6 seconds.
The Q5 e-tron rides a 2965mm wheelbase and is 4.87m long overall. Both measurements are identical to those of the Volkswagen ID.6.
That suggests the Q5 e-tron rides the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform, along with the smaller Q4 e-tron that’s expected to arrive in Australia in 2022.
Audi is set to introduce a Q6 e-tron on the new Premium Platform Electric (PPE) it’s co-developed with Porsche, and this is expected to be a global model like its Porsche Macan EV cousin.
The overall look of the Q5 e-tron doesn’t come as a huge surprise as the Shanghai Concept was effectively production-spec, just finished with a lurid, patterned wrap.
There’ll be a variety of wheel designs available, ranging from 19- to 21-inch alloys, plus a sporty black exterior package.
The styling is uncontroversial in classic Audi fashion. There’s more than a hint of Audi’s existing e-tron in the design, though the headlights are quite a departure.
The Q5 e-tron isn’t the only Audi model developed specifically for China.
Revealed earlier in 2021, the A7L is a version of the A7 that swaps the liftback for a more conventional notchback sedan body style.
The Ingolstadt marque is one of the more established Western players in China, having entered the market in 1988 with a version of its 100 sedan assembled by First Automobile Works.