The Audi Q5 e-tron, the elder sibling of the Q4 e-tron, has fallen prey to China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology disclosure. The exterior of the future electric SUV has leaked online months before launch. This is the same model that some reports mistakenly called the Audi Q6 e-tron in the past.
What is it?
The Audi Q5 e-tron is not the successor to the Audi e-tron but a longer, more spacious version of the Q4 e-tron that debuted in April 2021, similar to the VW ID.6. An Audi Q6 e-tron is arriving in 2022, and that’s the model which will eventually replace the Audi e-tron.
The Audi Q5 e-tron looks like a big brother of the Q4 e-tron from every angle. Both its shape and design are very similar to those of the global compact electric SUV. The nearly identical design is a clear indication that the Q5 e-tron is a China-only model, as Audi wouldn’t design two global models closely.
At the front, the designers have used split headlamps. It looks like the flat upper half comprises the DRLs that can double as dynamic turn signals and the lower half vertically stacked main driving lights, both low beam and high beam. Audi will likely offer the Matrix LED option for the high beam.
The Q5 e-tron has a closed panel, a structured surface with horizontal inserts, instead of a traditional grille. A chrome border surrounds this faux Singleframe, along with a black mask outside it. A powerfully contoured, curved blade extending under it runs sharply up at the ends. Vertical air inlets extend from below the headlamps, giving a sporty styling to the front-end.
The Q5 e-tron has a conventional SUV profile like the e-tron and Q4 e-tron. The roofline slants down gently, ensuring the dynamic look doesn’t significantly affect the headroom. While we are yet to see the Q5 e-tron alongside the e-tron in person, looking at their pictures side-by-side suggests that the new model has a relatively straighter roofline like the VW ID.6, which would mean more headroom and better suitability for rear-seat-preferring Chinese customers.
Audi hasn’t used flush door handles on the Q5 e-tron. The company probably isn’t a fan of pop-out door handles and has stuck to the classic type even on its flagship EV – the e-tron GT.
At the rear, the Q5 e-tron has a confident and striking design. In addition to the familiar crossover-style hunched tailgate, the new model makes a fashion statement with a wide V-shaped license plate area, sleek tail lamps with a thin light band connecting them, and an e-tron logo embossed in the skid plate.
Spy pictures have shown that the Audi Q5 e-tron apes the Q4 e-tron on the inside. From the new-generation Audi steering wheel with flattened top and bottom sections to the fancy dashboard with sharp lines and angular AC vents on the sides of the steering wheel, the hexagonal binnacle for the operating display, the wide driver-side-tilted touchscreen, the floating operating panel below the climate control operating unit, the e-tron badge on the driver-side dashboard, and the triangular door handle section, the Q5 e-tron borrows almost every part from the Q4.
The Audi Q5 e-tron is a three-row electric SUV. It will be available in 6-seat and 7-seat configurations, with the former featuring relatively individual seats in the second row for more comfort.
The Audi Q5 e-tron is the premium cousin of the China-only VW ID.6 and shares the same VW MEB platform. It measures 4,876 mm (192.0 in.) in length, 1,860 mm (73.2 in.) in width, and 1,675 mm (65.9 in.) in height. It has a 2,965 mm (116.7 in.) wheelbase, which is identical to the VW ID.6. It will come in three variants, namely Q5 35 e-tron, Q5 40 e-tron, and Q5 50 e-tron quattro.
|Parameter||Audi Q5 e-tron Specs||VW ID.6 Specs||Difference|
|Length||4,876 mm (192.0 in.)||4,876 mm (192.0 in.)||±0 mm (±0 in.)|
|Width||1,860 mm (73.2 in.)||1,848 mm (72.8 in.)||-12 mm (-0.5 in.)|
|Height||1,675 mm (65.9 in.)||1,680 mm (66.1 in.)||-5 mm (-0.2 in.)|
|Wheelbase||2,965 mm (116.7 in.)||2,965 mm (116.7 in.)||±0 mm (±0 in.)|
The Q5 35 e-tron is a single-motor RWD configuration with a 132 kW (177 hp) motor. The Q5 40 e-tron is also a single-motor RWD configuration but with a more powerful, 150 kW (201 hp) motor. The Q5 50 e-tron quattro is a dual-motor AWD configuration with an 80 kW (107 hp) front motor and a 150 kW (201 hp) rear motor. United Automotive Electronic Systems is the supplier of the new electric SUV’s rear motor. Huayu Magna Electric Drive System makes its front motor.
The battery pack options could be the same as the VW ID.6: 58 kWh and 77 kWh. The 58 kWh unit may provide a range of around 450 km (280 miles)* and the 77 kWh around 600 km (373 miles)*.
The Audi Q5 e-tron will go on sale in China by early 2022. The official unveiling could take place towards the end of the year.
Audi – In China, for China
Audi has adapted products to a great extent for Chinese customers over the last two decades. It all began with the launch of a specially developed A6 with a long wheelbase in 1999. The company has since upgraded its China strategy to launch China-exclusive models in addition to exclusive long-wheelbase versions of global models.
In 2019, Audi launched the Q2 L e-tron in China, and this year, the Audi A7L. However, these were derivatives. In 2021, it’s set to launch a model developed from scratch for the local market – the Audi Q5 e-tron. The company will continue with this market-specific approach, the basis of which, Werner Eichorn, President, Audi (China), says, is the idea of ‘In China for China.’
Audi Q5 e-tron FAQs
When is the Audi Q5 e-tron world premiere?
The Q5 e-tron is likely to debut towards the end of 2021.
What is the Audi Q5 e-tron release date in Europe & U.S.?
The Q5 e-tron is unlikely to launch globally as it appears to be a China-only exercise. The Q6 e-tron however would be a global car.
Which models will be the Audi Q5 e-tron competitors?
The Audi Q5 e-tron could compete with the likes of the Tesla Model Y and Nio ES6.
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