These are the first spy images with Audi’s next generation A5 Sportback set to come out in the second half of next year as a 2017MY.
A few months back Audi introduced the all-new A4 (B9) in Sedan and Avant body styles and these two will serve as foundation for a lot of derivatives set to arrive in the near future. The recently spied Avant-based allroad quattro is one of them along with the A5 Coupe and now we catch a first glimpse at the A5 Sportback, with all three of them confirmed for a 2016 reveal.
Created for those willing to sacrifice some of the A4’s practicality for the sake of added sleekness, the new A5 Sportback seen in these blurry shots is a prototype carrying the production body but with some clever body-colored camouflage. It is quite easy to notice the car’s shape has remained virtually the same and the design is merely an evolution of the outgoing model, but with sharper lines as seen in the new A4 which adopts a more angular exterior.
The interior will be largely carried over from the new A4 Sedan, so expect a more accommodating cabin as a result of a stretched wheelbase along with a more upscale fit and finish, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 8.3-inch display for the top-spec infotainment system, optional Bang & Olufsen sound system, LED ambient lighting, dual 10.1-inch tablets for the rear-seat entertainment system and many other goodies like support for LTE, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
It will ride on the same MLB Evo platform as the A4 which means it’s going to shed some weight even though the new A5 will grow in size a little bit. The Sedan lost up to 120 kg (264 lbs) and chances are its Sportback sibling will go through a similar diet and should have a more aerodynamically efficient body that will cut fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
Following the release of the A4 allroad quattro, A5 Coupe and A5 Sportback next year, Audi will launch the A5 Cabriolet sometime in 2017.