2017 Audi Q5 Shows Matrix LED Headlights and Huge Trunk

The teasing process for the al-new Audi Q5 continues, as the German automaker is gearing up for its most important reveal of the year. Its mid-sized SUV will debut next week at the Paris Motor Show, and we have two new videos to show you.
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The first is all about lighting technology. We're being presented with a brand new design for the headlights. The good news is that it's nothing like that of the A4, which has the most criticized design in recent Audi history.

The bad news is that it's just what we expected to see: a simple shape that connects to the hexagonal grille. Of course, there will be several available headlights, and don't think Audi has gotten rid of xenons.

What we see in the video is clearly the full-spec Matrix LED adjustable system that maximizes visibility yet doesn't dazzle oncoming drivers. But there should also be a standard LED headlight system that is about €1000 cheaper.

The teasers also present us with the taillights when in use. Unfortunately, the OLED technology from the TT RS hasn't trickled down yet. But is Audi's most family-oriented SUV, so we shouldn't expect cutting edge stuff. It's pretty much the same story with the trunk, as it has exactly the same opening. Audi's teaser suggests more space will be offered, buy we predict a maximum increase of 50 liters.

In many regards, the 2017 Q5 will resemble the A4 and A5. The interior is going to be about the same, which is no bad thing. Considering all three are based on the same platform, we'd expect most of the engines to be carried over.

At launch, the Q5 should come with at least two versions of the 3.0 TDI, one for the 2.0 TDI and as many as two for the 2.0 TFSI. But over in America, you won't see any diesels. Instead, the fuel-sipping role should be taken over by the A4 ultra's de-tuned 2-liter turbo with 190 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque.

Several performances models will be launched after the regular Q5. First will come the SQ5, which in Europe will have a bi-turbo TDI with 320 PS or more. The American version will borrow the new 3-liter V6 turbo from the S4and S5. An RS5 model has already been confirmed, and should have upwards of 420 horsepower from the 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 you currently get in the Panamera 4S.

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