Everything we know about the Audi Q5 e-tron

The Audi Q5 e-tron, the elder sibling of the Q4 e-tron, has entered the road-testing phase, new spy pictures from carscoops.com show. This is the model that some reports have called Audi Q6 e-tron in the past. However, an Audi Q5 e-tron was confirmed to investors (pictured) late last year, and we believe that’s what it would be launched as.

Design

At the front, spy pictures suggest that it features a similar structured closed surface within a broad, almost upright frame. The Matrix LED headlights are slimmer, and they feature a wedge-shaped look. The air inlets below them are horizontal units, as opposed to the vertical units of the Q4.

The dimensions of the Audi Q5 e-tron become more apparent on the sides, from where it looks longer and carrying a more planted stance. The rear quarter glass is bigger, and the roofline slopes down fashionably. Flush door handles haven’t been used here, and we are positive that’d be the case on the final version. Audi probably isn’t a fan of pop-out door handles and has stuck to the classic type even on its recently unveiled e-tron GT.

At the rear, the Audi Q5 e-tron has the familiar ‘hunched’ appearance. The tail lamps look provisional, but it does seem like there’s a light band, something the final version would have. The design of the tailgate is quite similar to that of the smaller model.

Platform

The Audi Q5 e-tron is said to ride on the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) that will debut in the next-gen Porsche Macan next year. Designed and developed in cooperation with Porsche, the PPE platform enables higher output and performance compared to the MEB platform. A rear-mounted single electric motor would be standard, and higher configurations would have a second motor at the front (PSM/ASM) for an all-wheel drive drivetrain layout.

Range & Specifications

While the MEB platform operates at 400 volts, the PPE platform’s state of charge is 800 volts, and this unlocks a rapid-charging capacity of 350 kW. Audi could be targeting a range of 500+ km (WLTP)/250+ miles (EPA) for the Q5 e-tron.

Positioning & Expected Price

In 2018, the e-tron could have been launched as the Audi Q5 e-tron, but Audi purposely avoided marketing it as an Q5 family member as customers would expect its price lower than that of the Audi Q7, which was not achievable given the price of batteries. In the U.S., the Audi Q7 has a starting MSRP of $54,950, while the Audi e-tron has a starting MSRP of $65,900.

As battery cell costs fall and new cost benefits are achieved when the BEV portfolio expands at the Volkswagen Group, it becomes possible to bridge the price gap between the pure electric variant and the Audi Q7.

In an interview with carbuzz.com in 2019, e-tron Sportback product manager Matt Mostafaei had said that Audi will slip the e-tron and e-tron Sportback into the Audi Q family in the next generation.

The e-tron was the first of our electric onslaught and takes the title of holding our electric future. Then, as that future comes to proliferation and comes to life, we’ll start mixing in normal models – Q4 being the first one – into our lineup.

Matt Mostafaei, product manager – Audi e-tron Sportback, Audi

Audi Q5 e-tron FAQs

When is the Audi Q5 e-tron world premiere?

In October, auto-motor-und-sport.de suggested that the Audi Q5 e-tron will debut about half a year after the Porsche Macan electric SUV, by June 2022.

What is the Audi Q5 e-tron release date in the U.S.?

Fall 2022 is the estimated Audi Q5 e-tron release date for the U.S. market

What is the expected price of the Audi Q5 e-tron?

Expect the upcoming Audi electric SUV’s price to start between $60,000-65,000.