Audi presents its third crossover utility vehicle (CUV) following the e-tron Sportback and Q3 Sportback. The Q5 Sportback is a coupe with dynamic lines that addresses customers who appreciate not just expressive design and technical innovation, but also sporty character and high everyday utility.
The Audi Q5 Sportback is a real eye-catcher and exudes a powerful presence as is typical for the Q models from Audi. Large air inlets flank the octagonal Singleframe. The headlights with a distinctive daytime running light signature feature LED or optional matrix LED technology. The continuous, elegantly sweeping shoulder line emphasizes the wheels and with them the quattro all-wheel drive. The side sill trim on the doors imbue the CUV with stability and robustness. The greenhouse extends low over the body and begins its downward slope early so that the third side window tapers sharply to the rear. The starkly sloped rear window and the seemingly high-mounted rear bumper give the Q5 Sportback a very dynamic and powerful appearance.
Audi offers the option of rear lights featuring innovative digital OLED technology. Each light includes three organic light-emitting diodes, each of which is divided into six segments. The red OLED elements are homogeneously luminous, but the segmentation enables them to be controlled individually and thus expressed differently. Customers can choose from three different rear light signatures when ordering their vehicle. Each signature includes a dynamic coming- and leaving-home lighting scenario. An additional sporty graphic is displayed if the Audi drive select mode “dynamic” is chosen. If another vehicle approaches the stationary car from the rear to within less than two meters, all OLED segments illuminate as a proximity warning.
The Q5 Sportback is launching in Europe with a powerful two-liter, four-cylinder diesel engine. With 202bhp and 400Nm of torque, it is combined with a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission and quattro ultra technology. The mild hybrid system enhances efficiency. When braking, the belt alternator starter provides a portion of the braking power and stores the electrical energy thus generated in a lithium ion battery. The Q5 Sportback can also coast with the engine shut off.
The following engine variants will follow after the Q5 Sportback launch: a second variant of the four-cylinder TDI, a V6 TDI and two 2.0 liter, four-cylinder TFSI engines. Like the successful Q5, the Q5 Sportback will also be offered with a plug-in hybrid drive in two output variants. An SQ5 Sportback will also round off the lineup.
For the controls, displays and infotainment, the Q5 Sportback uses the same new technology in the updated Q5: the third-generation modular infotainment system or MIB 3. When fully equipped, the display-based Audi virtual cockpit plus with 12.3-inch display and a head-up display are also on board. The multifunction steering wheel plus enables the safe and simple operation of the most important functions and displays.
The MMI navigation plus infotainment system is paired with a 10.1-inch touch display. Its home screen is customizable; the natural language voice control uses the knowledge of the cloud and can be activated by either pressing a button on the steering wheel or by saying “Hey Audi.” Many vehicle settings can be put into individual user profiles and stored online on the myAudi customer portal. Each authorized user can access them for any Audi models appropriately equipped.
The Audi Q5 Sportback rolls off the assembly line at the San José Chiapa plant in Mexico and will launch in international markets in the first half of 2021. For the Chinese market, the new model will be built in CKD production at the Changchun plant.