The New Audi A5 and S5 Sportback have been introduced for the European markets, with roll-out scheduled for the beginning of next year.

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The exterior of the Audi A5 features a combination of sculpted shapes and taut surfaces that combine with a stretched wheelbase, short overhangs and long wraparound lid featuring a power dome to emphasize the athletic dynamism of this five-door coupé. The trademark Singleframe grille is also significantly flatter and wider than in the previous model, with finely-contoured headlights featuring optional LED or Matrix LED headlights with dynamic turn signals rounding up the front of the new Audi A5 Sportback.

The signature wave-pattern shoulder line on the new Audi A5 Sportback draws connections with its predecessor, but interpreted in a sharper and more precise manner that traces all three dimensions resulting in a striking interplay of light and shadow. With prominent wheel arches, coupé-style frameless doors and a characteristic spoiler edge of the boot, this svelte Sportback also matches sporting credentials with family-friendly functionality.

The Audi A5 Sportback is also significantly lighter than its predecessor based on advances in intelligent material composition and lightweight design that result in an overall weight reduction of as much as 85 kilograms, weighing in from just 1,470 kilograms. The new Audi A5 Sportback is not just light, but meticulously engineered aerodynamically for a slippery drag coefficient of just 0.26.

Audi A5 Sportback interior

Moving to the inside, the new Audi A5 Sportback has grown significantly, resulting in more generous space for the driver and passengers alike. With 480 liters of luggage capacity, the Audi A5 Sportback rates among the best in its class. Additionally, the rectangular-shaped layout of the luggage compartment, with minimal intrusions and irregularities, coupled with its one meter (3.3 ft) load-area width make it outstanding in terms of practicality and accessibility. The rear seat back also splits 40:20:40 as standard, accommodating up to 1,300 liters (45.9 cu ft) when fully folded down. Audi also offers the option of sensor control for opening and closing the standard-fit electric luggage compartment lid.

In addition, the horizontal architecture of the instrument panel creates a sense of spaciousness whilst optional ambient lighting with 30 colors to choose from always evokes a fitting interior mood. From the driver’s seat, the new Audi A5 Sportback allows customers to pick between analog instrument dials of the Audi virtual cockpit, a 12.3-inch high-resolution TFT monitor that presents richly detailed graphics in a highly customizable layout. The optional head-up display projects all relevant information onto the windscreen as easily comprehensible symbols and digits. Customers choosing the top version of the Audi infotainment system, MMI navigation plus with MMI touch automatically also get the hardware module Audi connect and the new Audi connect SIM. Besides compatibility to Car Play and Android Auto, the interface’s attributed include optional Audi phone box with wireless charging. Additionally, the optional Bang & Olufsen sound system provides the sensation of sitting in a concert hall with 19 loudspeakers.

The new Audi A5 Sportback will launch with five engines; two TFSI and three TDI units, each developing between 140 kW (190 hp) to 210 kW (286 hp) of power and representing a performance increase of up to 17 percent, whilst also consuming up to 22 percent less fuel. These engines are also mated with drivetrain solutions tailor-made for each engine variant; whether six-speed manual transmission, seven-speed S tronic dual clutch transmission or eight speed tiptronic. The top flight S5 Sportback, powered by a 3.0 TFSI V6 engine with an eight-speed tiptronic gearbox, receives the quattro permanent all-wheel drive for a staggering 260kW (354 hp) of power and 500Nm of torque. Its 0-100km/h sprint is 4.7 seconds. As a new development, the Audi A5 Sportback will also be available as a bivalent g-tron, which runs on Audi e-gas, natural gas or gasoline.

The chassis is one of the highlights of the Audi A5 and S5 Sportback, offering drivers optimal comfort with no compromise on performance or agility. Electromechanical power steering on the Sportbacks further improves road feedback and steering precision. Further to that, Audi also offers an optional dynamic steering is also available, automatically adjusting gear ratios based on speed and steering angle.

As with all Audi vehicles, the Audi drive select dynamic handling system comes as standard, allowing the customization of engine and drivetrain settings to suit the driver’s personal preferences.

Lastly, two of the most pertinent driver assistance systems incorporated for the A5 and S5 Sportbacks are the Active Lane Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with  traffic jam assist, as well as important safety features such as; the park assist, cross traffic assist rear, exit warning, collision avoidance assist, turn assist and pre-sense systems.

The new Audi A5 and S5 Sportback will roll into showrooms at the start of 2017 from 37,800 Euros for the A5 Sportback and 62,500 Euros for the S5 Sportback.