We recently were clamoring on about how Audi should bring the A5/S5 Sportback to the North American market, something many Audi enthusiasts would like to see happen. The A5 Sportback is a four-door variant of the standard A5 coupe with coupe-like looks and a hatchback rear-end, similar to that of Audi’s own A7. The A5 Sportback is only available in the European market, despite the brand’s success with the A7 and its competitors success with their similar models. Recently, we posed the argument that the A5 Sportback would sell well in the US market and that Audi should give it a try. As it turns out, Audi may have heard our call.
According to Automotive News, Audi of America President, Scott Keogh, said that Audi will be bringing a new A5 body style over to the ‘States in the second quarter of next year. “I feel confident that there will be another variant of the A5 that will be a real home run,” Keogh told Automotive News. “There’s one we don’t have.” Considering that the only variant we don’t have is the Sportback, it’s a good bet to say that it’s what he’s talking about.
The new Audi A5, based on the new MLB platform of the current-gen Audi A4, will likely be making its debut later this year. So expect by early to mid 2017 be when we finally see an A5 Sportback make it to US shores.
No word on powertrains or technologies, but expect it to be very similar to the new B9 Audi A4, with a 2.0 liter 252 hp four-cylinder turbocharged engine and a seven-speed dual-clutch S-Tronic gearbox powering either the front or all four wheels. Audi’s Quattro Ultra all-wheel drive system should also make its way to the A5 and A5 Sportback. Audi must have looked at the success of its own A7, as well as cars like the Mercedes-Benz CLS Class, BMW 6 Series and BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, to make up its mind. We’re glad to hear that the Sportback may finally be coming ‘Stateside, as it’s one of the coolest cars in Audi’s lineup. It also means an S5 Sportback. Yum.