We know that a facelift for the Audi Q5 is on its way, which will bring a new front fascia, new grille, new headlights and new taillights. Those new looks will make the already handsome Q5 even more competitive in a hotly contested segment. However, it’s also bringing with it an entirely new model variant. At least that’s what’s rumored. According to this new report, an Audi Q5 Sportback will debut alongside the standard Q5 Facelift.
If the report is true, which seems likely, the upcoming Audi Q5 Sportback will take on the BMW X4 and Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe directly, finally giving Audi a horse in the race.
The Q8 was the brand’s first real “Coupe” SUV, which was then followed by the Q3 Sportback. However, those two cars are relatively new. Audi’s rivals in BMW and Mercedes-Benz have been at the SUV Coupe game a lot longer, leaving the folks in Ingolstadt a bit behind. So it only makes sense that Audi would want to jump into the X4/GLC Coupe segment, which is shockingly popular.
According to this report, the Q5 Sportback will debut this coming Fall, with it hitting German dealerships later in the year. When it does eventually debut, the Sportback model will likely be mechanically identical with the standard Q5. So expect the same engines, transmission and drivetrain options, as well as interior and cabin technology.
Alongside the Audi Q5 Sportback, an SQ5 variant will be developed, giving it a sportier version to take on cars like the X4 M40i. That should give it a turbocharged 3.0 liter V6 with around 350 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.
We’re interested to see what Audi can do with a Q5 Sportback. The Q8 is the best looking car in its segment, better than the X6 and GLE-Class Coupe. So we’re hoping that the Audi Q5 Sportback looks better than its rivals when it finally debuts.
[Source: Auto Zeitung]