The next generation Audi A5 has been rendered a few times recently, but this latest one looks like it could be the closest thing to the real car. Rendered by RMCarDesign, this latest rendering takes many cues from the upcoming B9 A4. The real car will most likely share many similarities with the B9 A4, as they will both be built on the same MLB platform and are designed by the same man.
Speaking of the designer, Marc Lichte is the man who designed the Audi Prologue, the concept car that set the tone for the future of Audi design language. Well, it’s obvious that much of the Prologue’s style has made it to the new A4, the new R8 and will make it to the new A5 as well. While the Prologue is an attractive design, and one whose design language will create many good looking Audis in the future, I’m not so sure it stacks up to the beautiful work of Walter de Silva.
However, regardless of your design preference, the upcoming A5 will share much of the looks of the A4. The render shows a lower slung hood and angular headlights, along with the larger grille, giving it a more aggressive look than before. The rear end isn’t too much of a departure from the current A5, but looks tighter and more fitting with Audi’s current design language.
The good thing about the platform sharing of the next-gen A5 and the B9 A4 is the weight. The A5 should benefit from the same weight savings as the A4, meaning it could be almost a couple hundred pounds lighter than the outgoing model. Weight was always the biggest issue with the A5, causing less engaging handling and a bit more understeer than its rivals from BMW and Mercedes.
All in all, though, this render looks pretty good and is probably very close to what the real thing will look like when it debuts next year, as a 2017 model year.