2018 Audi Q5: Inspired By Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan

Audi has taken from inspirational cues from the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan as well as the comfort in riding of the Mercedes-Benz GLC for its all-new Q5, as revealed by Automotive News.

The 2018 Q5 will be joining the Macan and the GLC by providing air suspensions as an option, one out of four differing chassis configurations that Audi has granted the second generation of its premium midsize SUV. The other setups employ steel springs used as normal, sport or varied via adaptive dampers.

Aside that, Audi will also be offering an active torque vectoring system on its rear axle for the top trim Q5, the V6 diesel, which enhances the driving in high-speed curves by changing the torque to each wheel.

This system, by Magna Powertrain, has only been used for the Range Rover Evoque out of all other models in the Q5’s category.

The all-new Q5 is much longer, wider and taller than the existing model with an elongated wheelbase, which has directly increased its interior space, headroom and legroom.

Using a new platform has helped Audi to reduce the vehicle’s weight by about 90kg. The automaker is also looking to launch a hybrid variant of the model next year along with an SQ5 performance version, equipped with a 3.0-liter diesel engine.

Expect to see the 2018 Audi Q5 arriving some time in spring this year!