Audi unveils new 2017 A5
Audi has introduced the new 2017 A5 during an event held in Germany.
Few will be surprised to find out that the second generation A5’s design is more of a careful evolution than a revolution. It gets a sharper-looking front end that falls in line with Audi’s current design language, but its overall silhouette carries over from the existing model with only minor tweaks.
The A5 receives roughly the same interior as the new 2017 A4 that bowed in Frankfurt last year. That means the cabin is more luxurious and high-tech than before, and the passengers benefit from more space. A dash-mounted screen runs the infotainment system, and a configurable digital instrument cluster — virtual cockpit in Audi-speak — is offered at an extra cost.
Under the sheet metal, the A5 is built on the same MLB Evo platform as the A4 and the Q7. While buyers in Europe will have access to no less than five gasoline- and diesel-burning engines, the U.S.-spec model will exclusively be offered with a 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder rated at 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive and a dual-clutch automatic transmission will come standard, and all-wheel drive will be offered at an extra cost.
The next model up in the lineup is the S5, which ups the ante with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine tuned to produce 354 horsepower. The S5 hits 60 mph from a stop in 4.7 seconds in its fastest configuration.
The 2017 Audi A5 and S5 will go on sale before the end of the year. Pricing information will be published in the coming months.
The A5 coupe will quickly be joined by a convertible model, by a range-topping variant called RS 5, and by a four-door fastback dubbed A5 Sportback. While the current Sportback has never been sold in the United States, Audi has all but confirmed that the next-gen model will be offered here.