Remember when Sportback models were all hatchbacks? That changed last year when Audi rolled out the Q3 Sportback and E-Tron Sportback as SUVs beaten with the coupe stick. Get ready for another model that doesn’t historically fit with the meaning of the word Sportback as later this year the wraps are going to come off the Audi Q5 Sportback.
Much like its smaller brother takes after the standard Q3, the new addition to Audi’s ever-growing SUV lineup will adopt the familiar Q5 shape with a coupe-esque roofline to enable a sportier profile. Independent artist SRK Designs is now attempting to figure out the somewhat predictable exterior design of the first-ever Q5 Sportback through a speculative rendering.
With the normal version of Ingolstadt’s midsize luxury SUV about to go through a mid-cycle facelift, there’s a pretty good chance its Sportback counterpart will come with the updated styling. That means swanky new headlights and taillights in line with recent models carrying the Four Rings, such as the A5 lineup.
Some might be wondering whether Audi actually needs a Q5 Sportback in its already crowded SUV portfolio. It does, considering the BMW X4 has been around since 2014 and the Mercedes GLC Coupe was launched about two years later. Luxury marques are known to carve out new niches, and Audi was pretty late to the whole coupe-SUV game. It’s making up for lost time with the spectacular Q8, the electric E-Tron Sportback, the coupe-ified Q3, and the forthcoming Q5 Sportback.
Audi has already announced the Q5 Sportback will be revealed before the end of 2020, so look for the wraps to come off at a major auto show. Provided the coronavirus outbreak won’t force organizers to cancel even more car shows, we might see the sleeker Q5 in October in Paris or a month later in Los Angeles. Fingers crossed, both will get RS versions to compete with the likes of M and AMG.