The Audi A5 has a lovely look about it as is demonstrated in the latest rendering of it. It is the second edition car and brother to the A4 but much better looking. The A5 will be available in cabriolet and coupe forms in the US but in Europe there will be the Sportback model with five doors available. The new A5 has new technology, lots of gadgets and a futuristic inside, just like the 2015 A4 does. This includes autonomous driving functions, full LED headlights and a head-up display.
Audi is the segment leader together with BMW A5 but there is still lots of competition and it needs to stay up top. There are many new cars in this sector such as the Cadillac ATS coupe, Lexus RC and BMW 4-series and there will also be a Mercedes C-class with two doors available next year. This means that the a5 needs to improve in its shape as well as proving its sporty ability.
This outgoing model is one that the chief designer for the Volkswagen Group, Walter de’Silva really likes and so there is a lot of pressure to get the new one even better. There was going to be a completely new design, but it will be a development of the original.
The platform will be the MLB modular-longitudinal architecture which is call MLB Evo and is used for the 2015 A4 and will be used for the A6, A8 and Volkswagen Phaeton. This is 200 pounds lighter due to using more aluminium in it.
In the US there will be less powertrain options than with the current model but there will be some increases in power. The 2.0 litre turbo will be offered in the standard model and there will be a 3.0 litre supercharged V6 engine in the S5. There will no longer be a naturally aspirated V8 in the RS5 but this will be replaced with the 4.0 litre twin turbo V8 that is used by VW group. There will be a six speed manual and seven speed dual clutch automatic available.
The car will see competition from the Mercedes-Benz C-class, Lexus RC, Cadillac ATS coupe and BMW 4-series. It is expected that it will appear at the beginning of next year having debuted at the end of this year. It is expected that prices will be a bit higher than the current car which is $39,895 and the RS5 is likely to get above $70k.