German’s famous automaker Audi confirmed recently that we should expect the redesigned Q5 model later this year. Alongside the regular 2022 Audi Q5 model, the manufacturer will also introduce the Sportback version.
Sportback is generally the same crossover as the regular one, but with small body changes, featuring more equipment. It also comes standard with the sport suspension that’s an option on the base model. Like the standard Q5, the Sportback uses the same powertrains. The base SUV comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a mild-hybrid generating 261 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. The SQ5 uses a more potent engine that consists of a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 making 349 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. PHEV version is available as well, providing best-in-class efficiency.
2022 Audi Q5 Redesign
After the long break, the manufacturer will redesign the new 2022 Audi Q5. This iconic SUV will look more adorable, featuring many updates. First of all, it comes with the new headlight innards, a revised grille, and updated outer air intakes upfront. Unsurprisingly, the regular Q5 and Sportback look identical from the nose to A-pillars.
However, the roofline of the Sportback starts arcing down toward the tail and the beltline, resulting in a more sporty design. You will also notice new taillight graphics and a revised bumper with slimmer integrated exhaust outlets around the back. Like the current Q5, the new one features the same attractive 18-inch wheels. OF course, upper trims will provide more customizations and bigger wheel options.
Cabin Looks More Premium
Inside, the 2022 Audi Q5 host more premium elements and some advanced technology. The cabin is comfortable, but the Sportback shape does reduce cargo space. This model offers only 18 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up compared to the regular Q5’s 25.1. Overall, that’s a significant drop and is in line with the small Audi’s Q3 model.
The most significant change inside is the new 10.1-inch touch-sensitive infotainment screen with the latest Audi operating system. Besides, the cabin of the Audi Q5 also gets ambient customization lighting and can be equipped with the 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit instrument panel.
2022 Audi Q5 Under the Hood
The new 2022 Audi Q5 will continue to use a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder mild-hybrid system that can make 261 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Like the last time, this engine is paired to a seven-speed DCT automatic transmission and all-wheel drive as standard.
Moreover, if this engine is not powerful for you, the SQ5 offers a more potent 3.0-liter V6 turbocharged that makes 349 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. As the first engine, this one also uses an all-wheel drive as standard but is connected with an eight-speed traditional automatic.
The plug-in hybrid powertrain is available as well, but only on the regular Q5. This engine also uses a 2.0-liter turbo-4 that is supplemented by a battery-fed electric motor. The whole system generates 362 horsepower and is connected to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission using an AWD.
2022 Audi Q5 Release Date and Price
The Audi Q5 is the best-selling 5-passenger SUV, offering an excellent package of standard features and great driving manners. Audi stated that the Q5 and SQ5 would go on sale later this year.
Pricing has unknown at this point, but we should expect it to be a bit above the $44,000 for the base model. However, the SQ5 is the most expensive, and it starts at $53,000.