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Spotted earlier this year in hotter weather, was the next-generation Audi Q5. Now, our spy photographers have spotted the SUV again going through snow terrain, in wraps. The vehicle here is wearing a set of lights mounted its roof, and is riding lower from the looks of it.

Design changes on the second-generation Audi Q5 can be construed as subtle. Aside from slightly stretched headlamps, the front face of the Q5 will likely be similar to its bigger brother, the Audi Q7. The new hexagonal single-frame grille is also expected to be featured.

On the sides, a more prominent character line can be seen. In the back, it receives new rear lamp graphics and the redesigned bumper now feature integrated tailpipe exits. Apart from that, the rear windscreen appears to be a little bit larger now than before.

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Other items that can be expected in the new Q5 include optional matrix beam LED headlamps and the large Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster as seen in the Audi TT. The new Audi Q5 is expected to sit on the MLB Evo platform – this essentially means that the SUV will be lighter than before.

Powering the Q5 will most probably be the familiar four- and six-cylinder turbocharged mills from the B9-generation Audi A4. Plans for an e-tron plug-in hybrid variant is also said to be in the pipeline, though word is that it will only be added to the line-up at a later stage.

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