A lightly camouflaged version of the new Audi A5 Sportback has been snapped, sporting mild updated styling
The new Audi A5 Sportback has been caught on camera again, this time in the brand’s sporty “S” guise. Like the revised coupe model, the new S5 Sportback’s updates will fall in line with the recently released S4 saloon and Avant; with a range of styling updates and a tweaked infotainment system set to feature. Both models are expected to make their debut at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show.
The styling changes to the S5 Sportback shape will be fairly subtle. The standard variant gets a fresh front bumper with wider air vents, new side skirts, an updated rear bumper, revised LED headlights, tweaked tail-lights and new squared-off exhaust exits. The new S5 Sportback will get a more aggressive body kit, larger alloys and a quad-exit exhaust.
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Inside, we’re expecting the VW Group’s 12.3-inch digital instrument binnacle to become standard issue, in a bid to compete with the C-Class and 3 Series for interior technology. An 10.1-inch infotainment system, powered tailgate, touchscreen operated climate control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will also likely feature.
The new S5 Sportback will be powered by Audi’s latest turbocharged 3.0-litre mild-hybrid diesel engine, producing 342bhp and 700Nm of torque. The engine will feed its power through an eight-speed automatic gearbox to all four wheels, providing a top speed of 155mph and a sub-five second 0–62mph sprint.
Audi’s latest 48-volt mild-hybrid system comprises a belt-driven alternator starter, a 0.5kWh lithium-ion battery pack and an energy recuperation system. Audi claims the system will provide better fuel economy, thanks to a revised engine control unit which disengages the combustion engine when coasting at speeds between 34mph and 99mph.
The standard A5 Sportback will be powered by the firm’s latest range of 2.0-litre TFSI petrol and TDI diesel engines, with power ranging between 148bhp for the entry-level models and 242bhp for the all-wheel-drive quattro variant. In all but the most powerful version, buyers will be given the choice of either a six-speed manual or seven-speed S tronic gearbox.
There’s also potential for Audi’s latest range of TFSI e hybrid powertrains to feature on the upcoming A5 Sportback, which should benefit fuel economy and performance. The updates will be carried across the Sportback, Coupe and Convertible range, and prices are likely to be in line with the current model, starting from around £35,000.
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