The next-generation Audi Q5 SUV has been spied once again ahead of its expected reveal during 2023, as a 2024 model.

    Our spy photographers were able to capture this camouflaged Q5 prototype parked right next to a current-generation model, which allows us to see the majority of the exterior body changes.

    The next-generation Q5 is clearly lower and wider than the current model. It also appears to have a longer wheelbase which may translate to more interior space.

    There are still a number of exterior design elements that are hidden by the black-and-white swirly camouflage. This is just like a previously-spied prototype from earlier in the year.

    Our spy photographers were also able to capture a glimpse of this Q5 prototype’s interior for the first time.

    The centrepiece of the cabin is a large infotainment touchscreen that looks similar to ones seen in recently-spied Volkswagen Tiguan and Golf prototypes.

    There aren’t any climate control buttons or sliders on the centre stack so it’s safe to assume this will all be adjusted through the large touchscreen.

    The only buttons on the central stack consist an engine start-stop button, drive mode button, engine idle start-stop button, hazard lights button, and traction control button. There’s also a mysterious dial on the right-hand side that’s most likely for volume control.

    Ahead of the driver is a digital instrument cluster that doesn’t have a cowl over the top of it. It’s angled downwards to most likely reduce the amount of glare.

    The steering wheel with its touch-sensitive buttons and the nubby gear selector look virtually identical to the ones in the all-electric Q4 e-tron.

    It’s understood the next-generation Audi Q5 will use an updated version of the existing MLB Evo platform, like the next-generation Audi A4 which was previously spied.

    Under the bonnet, 48V mild-hybrid systems will most likely be standard on both petrol and diesel powertrains, and a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variant is also expected.

    The next Audi Q5 might be the last to feature petrol and diesel engines, with the company planning to cease the sales of cars with internal combustion engines outside of China by 2033.

    The current-generation Q5 has been on sale locally since 2017 and it received a refresh in 2021.

    The coupe-SUV Sportback version of the Q5 and SQ5 joined the local range in August 2021.

    There’s a range of turbocharged petrol and diesel powertrains available locally. Audi Australia is still evaluating 50 TFSI e and 55 TFSI e PHEV variants of the Q5 and Q5 Sportback.

    To the end of November, Audi sold a total of 2956 Q5 models. It was outsold by the Tesla Model Y (8257 sales), BMW X3 (4370 sales), Mercedes-Benz GLC wagon (4092 sales), Volvo XC60 (3295 sales), and Lexus NX (2969 sales).

    The Q5 did outsell the likes of the Porsche Macan (2537 sales), Range Rover Evoque (684 sales), Land Rover Discovery Sport (533 sales), and Genesis GV70 (464 sales) though.

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    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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