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Spy Shots: Audi Prototypes Spotted Cold-Weather Testing

By SEMA News Editors

Audi Q5 Drops Camo During Cold-Weather Testing

SEMA News source recently shared new images of the upcoming Audi Q5 testing in Sweden.

The images reveal the mid-size SUV's production grille for the first time, signaling that the new Q5 might be the last Audi model without a split headlight layout. The Q5, draped in black and white camouflage except for the grille, suggests a longer wheelbase compared to the current model, promising enhanced cabin space, especially in the second row.

Audi Q5

Appearing larger than the current model, the third generation of Audi's mid-size luxury SUV maintains the single-frame grille and adds new air curtains. Audi plans to continue producing combustion-engine vehicles for the next decade, sources said, indicating that the upcoming Q5 will offer a range of gas and diesel powertrains, including mild-hybrid assistance, and stronger electrified options such as plug-in hybrid models. The lineup is expected to include the more powerful SQ5 and possibly an RS Q5. Additionally, the Sportback body style is anticipated to continue with the next generation.

Audi Q9 Prototype Photographed in Arctic Circle

The Audi Q9, one of the final gas-powered vehicles expected from Audi, was spotted in the Arctic by SEMA News sources.

Scheduled for release next year, the Audi Q9 will be positioned as a flagship, three-row luxury SUV, aiming to compete with the BMW X7 and Mercedes-Benz GLS. Targeting primarily the United States and Asia, the Q9 will boast a luxurious cabin and upscale features for all three rows of passengers, according to insiders.

Audi Q9

Additionally, reports indicate that the Q9 will include plug-in-hybrid models and the potential for a V8-powered model to lead the lineup.

The development of the 2025 Audi Q9 is still in its early stages, and a formal unveiling is anticipated towards the end of 2024.