The prototype snapped by our spy photographers in Scandinavia continues to keep the camouflage that prevents us from seeing some of the changes. Nonetheless, when it debuts, likely in the first quarter of next year, the 2020 Q5 will sport a new front end, with revised grille, headlights and bumper. Changes will be performed at the other end as well, where the taillights will sport new graphics and the bumper will probably be a tad different.
In spite of the mid-cycle refresh, Ingolstadt’s premium compact SUV will not get in line with other newer Audis when it comes to the cabin layout. Thus, don’t expect to see the addition of a third screen used to control the HVAC and a redesigned dashboard panel, as the updates are very minimal and consist of a new infotainment system and A/C buttons, among others.
Details about the engine lineup are scarce, yet it’s expected to retain most of the outgoing version’s units. Gasoline and diesel burners should still make up most of the offering, including the 2.0- and 3.0-liter, offered in different outputs, from 160 HP to close to 300 HP. The plug-in hybrid will live on, although we do not know yet whether Audi has prepped any mechanical changes over the outgoing Q5 TFSI e Quattro, which has 362 HP from a powertrain comprising a 2.0 TFSI and an electric motor. At the higher end of the range, the SQ5 and SQ5 TDI will get a few revisions as well.