Q5-confirmed-for-Paris-revealOne of the most eagerly anticipated vehicles of 2016 will make its entrance at the upcoming Paris Motor Show, when Audi shows the new Q5 off to the world.

Already teased in a brief film that suggests Apple, CarPlay and Android compatibility, the SUV reveals the new design of its rotary knob – already in use on the A4 and Q7 – used to operate the new infotainment system.

Those two cars have also provided a degree of inspiration on the Q5’s exterior, which features similar lights, grille and basic lines to its larger sibling. This should make the new Q5 markedly more competitive compared to the likes of the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC.

Beneath the skin, the Q5 will sit on the MQB platform, the same used in many vehicles falling under the Volkswagen umbrella. This will help it shed in excess of 100kg over its predecessor.

With regards to the engine line-up, the vehicle’s architecture suggests the possibilities of four cylinder and V6 petrol and diesel mills, joined to either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox; increasing the output to the FWD or Quattro AWD, depending on the selected version. There has been talk of a SQ5 being a part of the line-up, with an RS badge being a likely addition to its body later on, for the most powerful version. This could see an output of more than 400 HP.

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