First glimpse of Audi A5 Sportback
* Hatchback-style five-door * Should cost less than A5 coupe * Lower than A4, but practical...
Audi has released details of an all-new model, the A5 Sportback.
The five-door model is based on the A5 coupe, but has a more practical five-door body. Audi says it's 'as emotional and elegant as a coupe, as comfortable as a sedan (saloon) and as practical as an Avant'.
It's essentially an upmarket hatchback part-way between the A5 coupe and the A4 Avant in carrying capacity and practicality. It has a coupe-style roofline and rear end design, but Audi promises a 480-litre boot and 980 litres of load space with the rear seats folded.
Audi has released a photo that shows a glimpse of the rear-end styling, along with a sketch that shows how the overall shape will look. Despite an overall height that's lower than the A4 saloon, Audi says the A5 Sportback has comparable head- and legroom.
Five engines will be on offer from launch: 2.0 TFSI (211bhp) and 3.2 V6 (265bhp) petrols and 2.0 TDI (170bhp), 2.7 TDI (190bhp) and 3.0 V6 TDI (240bhp) diesels.
The 3.2 and 3.0 TDI V6s both come with four-wheel drive and the 2.0 TDI has a stop-start system to save fuel. A further entry-level model will follow in mid-2010.
Deliveries of the A5 Sportback will start in October. UK prices have yet to be confirmed, but we expect the Sportback will cost less than the equivalent A5 coupe model.