Audi will be releasing a host of models in the coming years to expand into new segments as it attempts to topple BMW and Mercedes in the quest to sell more than a 1.5 million vehicles by 2015. Some of the cars in the pipeline include the A1 premium hatch
, A7 four-door coupe
and a Sportback version of the current A5 Coupe.
A prototype of the upcoming A5 Sportback has been spotted for the first time, and while there is only one image we can clearly see that the car will feature a high waistline and low roof. The front-end should be identical to the A5 Coupe on which it is based.
According to these recent renderings, the A5 Sportback will feature a five-door configuration but will be much sleeker than traditional Audi Avant wagons. The design appears almost like a four-door coupe but the roomy cabin, tall profile, and sloping hatchback style rear-door ensures the Sportback sits in its own niche.
The base model will remain FWD but AWD variants will feature the latest quattro torque vectoring systems, which distribute drive individually between each axle and between the rear wheels for improved traction and stability. Power will come from the same engines used in the regular A5 lineup, with a 4.2L FSI V8 expected to appear in a range-topping RS5 model.
Though it seems odd that Audi would build the A5 Sportback with five doors considering part of the A5’s appeal is its coupe bodystyle, Audi boss Rupert Stadler’s boast that up to 18 new models will be launched by 2015 suggests that almost every niche will be filled.
Expect to see the A5 Sportback launched in the second half of next year.
Audi has also released several official sketches of the A5 Sportback plus several other crucial models, such as the A7 four-door coupe and next-generation A8 saloon, which you can read about in our previous story by clicking here
2010 Audi A5 Sportback renderings
Audi future lineup official sketches
2010 Audi A5 Sportback spy shots