2025 Audi SQ5 showcases new design and quad tailpipe exhaust system in first photos

Spy photographers have photographed the redesigned Audi Q5 a few times and now the hotter SQ5 is out to play.

Taken dressed in extensive camouflage, the prototype has a sportier front fascia that appears to be shared with the standard model. It features a wide grille with three-dimensional accents that form a mesh-like structure.

Elsewhere there are vertical intakes and sleeker headlights with a curvaceous design. They are joined by a lower intake, which is much larger than that used on the current model.

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Going back further, we can see a streamlined body and a more angular beltline. The rear looks upgradeable, but what sets this prototype apart is its four-outlet exhaust system which means it’s an S variant.

Spy photographers have yet to peek inside the redesigned Q5, but the model is expected to follow in the footsteps of the upcoming A4. As a result, the crossover will likely feature a standalone digital instrument cluster and a tablet-like infotainment system. The latter is much larger than the current 10.1-inch screen and should be complemented by slender air vents, a minimalist gear lever and a new steering wheel.

Speaking of the A4, it’s natural to assume that the S4’s V6 engine will be shared with the redesigned SQ5. Details are lacking, but the current crossover uses a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder that produces 349 hp (260 kW / 354 hp) and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque. This allows the model to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 4.7 seconds, before reaching a top speed of up to 155 mph (250 km/h).

Although the specifications of the new SQ5 remain a mystery, rumors suggest that the model could be equipped with a mild hybrid system. We can also expect a performance boost, with some suggesting the crossover could have up to 370bhp (276kW / 375PS). Of course, this number should be taken with a grain of salt and we will learn more details in the future.

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