Finally, we get some good info and images of the new A5 Sportback, set to be released this September as a 2010 model in Europe. We likely won’t be getting it here in the States, unless Audi sees some demand for such a vehicle. The A5 Sportback, which you first saw in the A5 Sportback Spy Pictures article, is made to be a combination of a coupe, sedan, and wagon. It attempts to take the benefits from each and combine it into one great car, which will compete directly with the BMW 5-Series GT.
I’m still not entirely sure why they went with the A5 line with the Sportback; what makes the A5 and S5 so appealing is the 2-door coupe model. I know they want to give the Sportback a “coupe-like” image, and they did, but it would have fit much better with the A4. I guarantee that someone who didn’t know any better would mistake it for an A4 before an A5.
Initially, the Audi A5 Sportback will be available with five engine choices:
The two gasoline-powered engines are a 2.0T with 180 hp or 211 hp, and a 3.2-liter V6 with 265 hp. These will be equipped with a 7-speed S-tronic transmission. The diesel-powered choices include a 2.0 TDI with 170 hp, a 2.7-liter TDI with 190 hp, or a 3.0-liter TDI with 240 hp. The 2.0-liter TDI engine will be a fuel efficient-focused model with Audi’s start/stop system, which will bring fuel economy up to about 45 mpg. The two smaller TDI engines will be FWD only, while the two gasoline and more powerful TDI engine will get Audi’s quattro AWD system, and depending on the model, you’ll get either a manual, multitronic or seven-speed S tronic transmission. Three more engines are expected to be available by mid-2010. Here in the States, we never get this many engine choices!
The A5 Sportback will have all sorts of typical high-tech Audi bits available on other models – MMI, adaptive headlights, bluetooth, adaptive cruise control, parking assistant, rear-view camera, Bang & Olufsen sound, etc. Expect lots and lots of options.
S-line packages are also available, of course. The sport package consists of tighter suspension, lowered body, bigger wheels, sport seats, brushed aluminum, special S-line leather steering wheel and shift knob, and two special paint colors, Monza Silver and Misano Red. The S-line exterior package is also optional, which includes modified bumpers, side air intakes, diffuser and tailpipes, as well as body-color side sills, and S line badges on the door sill trims and front fenders. Fancy.
Here is what the various trim levels will cost at launch:
2.0 TDI with 6-speed manual transmission – 36,050 euros
2.7 TDI with 6-speed manual transmission – 39,300 euros
3.0 TDI quattro with 7-speed S tronic – 47,950 euros
2.0 TFSI FWD with 6-speed manual – 33,650 euros
2.0 TFSI quattro with 7-speed S tronic – 42,150 euros
3.2 FSI quattro with S tronic – 47,000 euros
You can download the press release here:
Be warned: it is really, really long.
Students at the University of San Diego happened across an unusual sighting a couple days ago. Apparently Audi was doing a photo shoot of the new A5 Sportback at the school, and these cell phone camera-equipped students snapped a few photos of the car almost completely unveiled.
The A5 Sportback, which we reported on a few days ago, will have four doors and a “coupe-like” roofline, and will be able to carry almost as much cargo as the A4 Avant. It will be available with five engines; two gasoline options and three diesel-powered TDI variants. There will be an S5 variant with a supercharged 3.0-liter V6.
The A5 Sportback will not be available in the States, at least right away, even though this is where they’re shooting the photos. It’s expected to debut at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
The A5 Sportback will be a direct competitor to the BMW 5-series GT, although I’m still not entirely sure why it’s part of the A5 line and not the A4, considering it has four doors. I know, I know, it’s all about the “four-door coupe” thing now, I just don’t buy it.
The lucky student who snapped these shots had a chance to sit in the car as well. His findings:
Inside the car is very familiar, the dash pretty much the standard A5/A4 affair, as to be expected, but the seating in back is what surprised me. The roof slopes back towards the integrated spoiler with a fairly steep rake, yet the downward slide begins in earnest right where your head sits. The result is a very attractive outward profile and substantially more room in the back than the A5. In fact, the headliner even makes a slight rise to accommodate more headroom. One other bit of interest in the interior is the metal trim used, almost a perforated aluminum, something I’d not seen before in an Audi.
More pictures and info at Fourtitude