Update: ‘Price & Release Date’ section updated with Q1 2022 U.S. sales.
The Audi Q5, the German automaker’s best-selling model worldwide, undergoes an overhaul in 2023 to enter its third generation. A 2024 Audi Q5 Hybrid will likely be part of available variants at launch. Here’s everything we know about the next-gen Q5 so far.
Design & Features
The third generation of the Audi Q5 will bring much greater design changes than the second generation model. That’s what spy pictures (view on Auto Express) captured of the first test mules wearing the production body and many of the styling elements suggest. The proportions would be quite similar, but the front and rear could be more striking in the next generation.
A shorter octagonal Singleframe, slimmer and more technical-looking headlamps, taller lower air intake, and side air inlets give the 2024 Audi Q5 a new and confident character at the front. At the rear, the all-new Q5 is likely to get a more striking appearance with much sleeker rear combination lamps and a full-width narrow light band running between them, accentuating the SUV’s width just like the redesigned grille.
Inside, Audi designers may further trim the number of physical controls and increase digitalization. Expect a new 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system with many new/improved connectivity functions.
Platform & Specifications
The 2024 Audi Q5 will likely sit on an improved version of the current model’s MLB-evo platform. Among other enhancements, the updated platform should offer support for all-wheel steering (rear-axle steering), suggests an Autocar report. At low speeds, the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction and reduce the turning radius, while at high speeds, the rear wheels turn in the same direction as the front wheels and provide more stability.
Most gasoline and diesel engines of the next-gen Q5 may come with 48-volt mild-hybrid technology. Even the SQ5 could come with electrification this time around, even if just mild-hybrid. An RS Q5 has never happened, and with an RS Q6 e-tron planned for performance enthusiasts in the segment, we don’t see it coming in the third generation either.
2024 Audi Q5 Plug-in Hybrid
Audi will likely offer a 2.0-liter gasoline engine with a plug-in hybrid system, one that should be available in the U.S., too. The current model provides a range of only 62 km/39 miles on the WLTP cycle, and even lesser, only 23 miles as per EPA’s test method. For the next-gen Q5 PHEV, Audi may target a WLTP range closer to 100 km/62 miles and an EPA-est. range of around 35 miles.
The engines employed in the next-gen Audi Q5, including the mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants, will be more efficient and eco-friendly. The company will want to ensure that they are future-proof and ready to meet the Euro 7 emission norms. According to the Autocar report, the 2.0-liter EA888 engine, which we expect to be under the hood of the plug-in hybrid variant, will get an updated fuel-injection system and new particulate filters.
Price & Release Date
The 2024 Audi Q5 could arrive at U.S. dealerships in the first half of 2024. Expect prices to start at around USD 45,000.
The Q5 was Audi’s highest-selling model worldwide in 2021, with 293,069 units delivered. Compared to 2020, that marked a modest growth of 5.3% (278,272 units). In the U.S., it is the top performing Audi with sales of 10,368 units in the first quarter of 2022 (YoY sales down by 30 percent). Audi would hope that the upcoming full model change would keep it at the top of the company’s vehicle line-up.
An all-electric Audi Q5 e-tron is available in China, and it is expected to remain a regional product for the foreseeable future.
2024 Audi Q5 FAQs
What is the 2024 Audi Q5 release date?
The 2024 Audi Q5 could reach U.S. dealers by early 2024.
Which models will be the 2024 Audi Q5 rivals?
What will be the 2024 Audi Q5 price?
The 2024 Audi Q5 could cost around USD 45,000 onwards.
Featured image: TopElectricSUV’s rendition of the 2024 Audi Q5.