Audi considering Q5 crossover/cabriolet – seriously

Audi considering Q5 crossover/cabriolet – seriously

Is there really a market for crossover-cabriolet vehicles or is it just one niche too far? Nissan were the first to try and find out the answer with its Murano CrossCabriolet revealed late last year and now it would seem Audi wants a slice of that action as well.

Reports coming out of Europe are claiming that Audi is already at work on a cabriolet version of the Q5. While details remain scarce the new model will likely be based on the Audi Cross Cabriolet Quattro concept (pictured) which first premiered at the Frankfurt Auto Show back in 2007. The Audi Q5 cabriolet is expected to retain the two-door configuration of the concept, and should feature a soft-top roof. An electric motor will handle opening and closing the roof.

The Audi Q5 cabrio will not be an uncompromising driver’s car by any means, but more a highly styled cruiser with high quality materials and unique styling. Expect it to be priced accordingly.

Clearly the Q5 cabriolet will be heavier than a regular Q5, because of the added weight of the extra stiffening elements. This may mean more powerful engines are required in this niche offering. The smart money would be on both Audi’s TFSI petrol and TDI diesel engines being enlisted for duties under the bonnet. If the Q5 cabriolet makes it to market expect sales to start at the beginning of 2013.

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