Audi has disclosed plans to roll out the next-gen A5 Coupe and A5 Sportback in 2016.
In an interview with IndianAutosBlog at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Audi’s now-suspended R&D boss Ulrich Hackenberg announced the new A5 Coupe and Sportback will hit the market next year, so most likely we will see the coupe at the Geneva Motor Show in March while the Sportback will be introduced in October at the Paris Motor Show. It will be interesting to see whether Audi will also show the S versions of the two immediately or they will decide to wait a little bit.
2016 is going to be a busy year for Audi as they will also launch the A4 allroad quattro and all three cars will ride on the same MLB Evo platform as the A4 Sedan and A4 Avant from the brand new B9 generation. All these new members will likely be larger than their respective predecessors, but at the same time are expected to lose some serious weight taking into account the sedan is up to 120 kg (264 lbs) lighter than the old one. A new A5 Convertible is also in the works and will likely be out early 2017.
The engine lineup will be carried over, so expect to find the following units:
- 2.0 TFSI: 190 PS (140 kW) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft); 252 PS (185 kW) and 370 Nm (273 lb-ft);
- 3.0 TFSI (for S5 only): 354 PS (260 kW) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft);
- 2.0 TDI: 150 PS (110 kW) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft); 190 PS (140 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft);
- 3.0 TDI: 218 PS (160 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft); 272 PS (200 kW) and 600 Nm (443 lb-ft).
Audi is also working on RS versions which will be available for the Sedan, Avant, Coupe, Sportback and Convertible. These are set to use an e-turbo version of the 3.0 TFSI and will start coming out in 2017, with the RS4 Sedan and RS4 Avant to lead the way.