Following the introduction of the A5 / S5 line earlier this year, the Paris Motor Show will also carry the official public premiere of the 2018 Audi A5 Sportback.
The rumor mill hasn’t caught this one leaking anywhere, so in a surprise move the Ingolstadt producer has officially revealed the next-generation Audi A5 and S5 Sportback. The revelations end here though – because the styling is entirely predictable. The models feature an evolutionary design compared to their predecessors and most of the elements have been revealed when the A5 / S5 Coupe was introduced. After seven years of production and ahead of the worldwide public debut during the Paris motor show next month, the second generation five-door coupe has a bigger wheelbase, short overhangs, wraparound domed hood, and a singleframe grille modified to be flatter and wider now. The shoulder line has a double protruding crease just above the door handles and we can consider the rear to be more expressive now thanks to the arched luggage lid complete with spoiler-inspired lip edge.
The new A5 Sportback interior is a carry-over from the A4 sedan, but it’s larger now. Length is up 17 millimeters (0.7 inch), driver and passenger’s shoulder room is up 11 mm (0.4 in), and rear knee room has increased 24 mm (0.9 in) more. The instrument panel has the massive 12.3-inch Audi Virtual Cockpit while the MMI packs an 8.3-inch screen, touch-sensitive, and rotary control buttons. The market introduction will be featuring two TFSI and three TDI engine variants. The powerplants will develop between 190 horsepower (140 kilowatts) and 286 hp (210 kW), with the top of the line at that moment being the S5 with its turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine securing 354 hp (260 kW). With its 21 hp (15 kW) upgrade over the predecessor, the 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) sprint will last 4.7 seconds.
Transmissions account for the six-speed manual, seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch, and eight-speed tiptronic. There’s also completely new bivalent A5 Sportback g-tron with 170 hp (125 kW) 2.0 TFSI engine that uses Audi e-gas, natural gas or gasoline. The new Audi A5 Sportback is also lighter thanks to the switch to the MLB Evo platform – which incurred a loss of up to 187.4 pounds (85 kilograms) to just 3,240.8 lb (1,470 kg) even as it actually grew in size. The new A5 and S5 Sportback will reach Germany and European markets early next year and pricing for the A5 Sportback kicks off at EUR 37,800 ($42,500), while the S5 is EUR 62,500 ($70,285).