Audi updated Q5 for the season 2021, but the German company is not stopping there. The next 2022 Audi Q5 will bring the Sportback version with a more aggressive appearance. Well, the standard crossover will carry over the features to its new sibling. For the facelift, designers enlarged air intakes, added a couple of new paintjobs, and changed sill styling. At the back, the upcoming version will be more attractive, but there is also the OLED technology used for the taillights. Inside, the highlight is an updated MMI infotainment system. The premium crossover is coming with plenty of options.
The competition is the compact crossover segment is more than tough. Of course, the 2022 Audi Q5 will face the archrivals – BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC in every market it appears. Plus, there is an upscale Porsche Macan, which will introduce an electric version. Since the two companies are close partners, the 2022 Audi Q5 might also bring a battery as a source of power. The German carmaker is still testing and upgrading E-Tron technology.
Meanwhile, until the Sportback hits dealerships, we will see three standard packages for the starters. These are Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. The company also adds a performance-oriented version SQ5 and RS Q5might also joins the lineup.
2022 Audi Q5 Specs
The base configuration for the compact luxury crossover includes a turbo-four engine. A 2.0-liter mill is ready to deliver 248 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. These are competitive numbers with its main rivals from BMW and Mercedes. The engine is sending power to all wheels, the popular Quattro system. The gas mileage of the 2022 Audi Q5 remains at 25 mpg. You can get more if you select the TFSI-e configuration. The same petrol unit is combined with the electric motor. The battery adds 105 kW and the total output of the system is 349 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. The good thing about the PHEV system is that can run by using an electric source of power. Audi will try to extend the range from the current 20 miles.
The 2022 Audi SQ5 offers the same amount of power and even more torque (370 pound-feet). However, this version is using a V6 engine. A 3.0-liter turbocharged drivetrain is pretty thirsty. Not too many buyers will like 20 mpg of combined fuel economy. On the other hand, those who spend $55,000 on a luxury vehicle are not worried about the consumption. Still, it becomes annoying after some while visiting gas stations twice a week.
All three big German carmakers are out with concepts for electric crossovers. So, Audi has E-Tron, iX3 is BMW’s model, and EQC should be assembled in Mercedes plants. The 2022 Audi Q5 E-Tron is not in production yet, but we expect it as the next step of evolution from the PHEV system. According to predictions, the crossover will cover at least 220 miles from a single charge and the high-end versions are going to deliver more than 300 hp.
What is 2022 Audi Q5 Sportback?
Q5 rivals X3 and GLC. BMW and Mercedes have unique coupe upgrades with a more aggressive look of these vehicles – X4 and GLC Coupe. Now, Audi is entering the game with its own coupe crossover called the 2022 Audi Q5 Sportback. Images are showing the same vehicle as the standard Q5 upfront. There are equal noses, A-pillars. There are only minor changes that we can also find on the company’s sedans. The Sportback will be slightly longer than the regular version. But, only big fans will notice these small upgrades.
The entry-level model for the 2022 Audi Q5 remains the Premium. Now, it is upgraded with the latest MMI system. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard. You will also get rain-sensing wipers and the base safety package. Premium Plus will add navigation, sunroof, and virtual cockpit. This is an upgrade that will cost you around $7,000. Also, part of the trim level is advanced safety features, such as blind-spot monitor and cross-traffic alert.
The Prestige model is the most luxurious, with HUD, premium sound by B&O, and adaptive cruise control. Its price is starting at $55,000. That is where the SQ starts with its V6 engine. However, heavily-loaded, it won’t exceed $60k, while the Q5 Prestige with options ends above $70k. All the options and packages will also be available for the Sportback edition.