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Next-gen Audi A5 Coupe and A5 Sportback confirmed for 2016 launch

The next generation Audi A5 Coupe along with the A5 Sportback will be making their debut sometime next year.

We knew these two were on their way after Audi launched the A4 Sedan and A4 Avant of the new B9 generation and now the company’s R&D chief Ulrich Hackenberg has announced the cars will be launched in 2016. Since spy photos so far have only shown the A5 Coupe, we are inclined to believe this will be the first to come out and chances are we will see it as early as March 2016 at the Geneva Motor Show. As for the Sportback, it will likely be introduced approximately one year from now at the Paris Motor Show.

Next generation Audi A5 Coupe render by Theophilus Chin
Next generation Audi A5 Coupe render by Theophilus Chin

Both of them will be slightly bigger than the current models, but at the same time the cars will go through a weight loss program which in the case of the A4 Sedan has enable a diet of up to 120 kg (264 lbs) after making the switch to the MLB Evo platform which will underpin all of the A4 and A5 models. Besides the sedan, Avant, coupe and Sportback, the family will eventually grow to include a convertible which is probably programmed for an early 2017 introduction.

We don’t know at this point whether next year’s Audi A5 Coupe and A5 Sportback will be joined right away by the hotter S5 versions. We can tell you for sure the Ingolstadt-based automaker is already cooking up RS versions of all these cars, including an RS4 Sedan.

Adrian Padeanu

Long-time fan of the fabled Four Rings.