Audi has confirmed its new A5 will debut on June 2.
The debut will be the culmination of a six-day light show at the Audi Forum in the automaker’s hometown of Ingolstadt, Germany.
The second-generation model has been spied testing in prototype form on numerous occasions and in its three bodystyles (coupe, convertible and hatchback). Only the coupe will be shown at the light show but the reveals of the new A5 Cabriolet and A5 Sportback should follow in quick succession.
2018 Audi S5 Cabriolet spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-MedienEnlarge Photo
2018 Audi A5 Sportback spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-MedienEnlarge Photo
2018 Audi A5 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-MedienEnlarge Photo
The new A5 coupe is expected on sale in the United States next spring. The A5 Cabriolet and A5 Sportback should follow a month or two after the launch of the coupe. The cars will likely arrive as 2018 models.
The platform underpinning the car is the Volkswagen Group’s MLB evo, which made its debut in the new Q7 and has since spread to new A4. The new platform promises a significant reduction in weight as well as compatibility with alternative powertrains.
Current trim levels will carry over, with the base A5 continuing with a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, the S5 with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 and the RS 5 most likely forgoing the current model's naturally aspirated 4.2-liter V-8 in favor of a new twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6. Expect power in the latter to reside around the 475-horsepower mark.