2017 Audi A5 Coupe

Reports in Germany indicate that plans are already underway for
the next generation of the Audi A5. In fact, our spy
photographers have already captured the model undergoing
testing although it was under heavy camouflage.

This market segment has been very competitive of late but
Audi’s new design language, elegant cabin styling coupled with
and redesigned drive-trains will help the vehicle give its
competitors a run for their money.

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2017 Audi A5 Spy Photo

2017 Audi A5 Exterior

The exterior profile of the upcoming Audi A5 will be more
stylish and elegant than the outgoing model. However, its
dimensions remain unchanged.  The 2017 Audi A5 will be
based on the MLB platform commonly referred to as MLB Evo which
has been enhanced. Due to these enhancements, the model will be
250 pounds lighter.

Other new changes on the exterior include a redesigned front
bumper, larger air intakes and a modified grille which is
flanked by new LED headlights. The side mirrors also feature a
new design which is more stylish and more aerodynamic.

At the rear, the vehicle features redesigned LED taillights.
The cabriolet rides on large hollow spoke wheels which add to
its elegant exterior looks.

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2017 Audi A5 Interior

On the inside, we understand that the cabin styling of the new
model borrows much from the new A4. The cabin which is
upholstered in quality leather will accommodate five
passengers.

Many enthusiasts will love the model’s infotainment system. The
system is a 8.3-inch MMI touch-screen infotainment system; a
12.3 inch Virtual Cockpit System which comes with guided
assistance among other features is offered on optional basis
for speed buffs like us. The system integrates Wi-Fi, 4 USB
ports and Bluetooth connectivity. The vehicle will also feature
an LCD screen at the front which will support radio, video and
audio programs. There will also be an option for an LCD screen
on the rear seats.

The cabin is also equipped with two charging ports. Other
changes include repositioning of the gear shift which has been
moved forward and a sporty steering wheel. Other features
include a Bang & Olufsen audio system featuring 3D surround
sound and 4G Smartphone integration. However, the automaker
decided to retain the conventional speedometers. Safety is also
well taken care off with features like lane departure warning,
traction and stability control, door locks, satellite
navigation, parking sensors, enhanced airbags and seat belts
among others.

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Engine Specs

The A5 will get an array of upgraded diesel and gasoline
drive-trains. To start with, the A5 will feature a 1.4 L, TFSI
which produces 148 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque.

The second TFSI engine   is a 2.0 L capable of
delivering 187 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque; this engine is also
tuned differently to produce 268 horses and 443 lb-ft of
torque.

Switching over to diesel engines, the A5 comes with two
drive-trains. The first diesel unit is a 2.0 L, 4-cylinder
engine which pumps 148 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. The engine
is also tuned to produce 184 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The
second diesel engine is a 3.0 L, V-6 which is also offered in
two tunes.

The first variant delivers 215 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The
second tune delivers 268 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. In the US,
the model will be offered with two drive-trains, the 2.0 TFSI
which delivers 248 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque and the 215 hp
and 295 lb-ft of torque 3.0 L V-6.

 

The model will be offered with three transmission systems i.e.
a manual gearbox, S tronic and Tiptronic systems. The manual
gearboxes and the Tiptronic will send power to either the front
wheels or rear wheels but it is not clear whether S tronic
transmission will be available to forward wheel models. 
The models will feature Audi’s Quattro AWD system that features
wheel-selective torque control. Though official information on
fuel economy, acceleration and top speed are not available as
of this writing, the model is expected to have a better fuel
economy, performance and lower CO2 emission.

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Price and release date

Though Audi is yet to announce official release date and
prices, our sources inform us that the vehicle will be offered
to dealers in the last quarter of 2016. As for the price, the
2017 Audi A5 will start at around MSRP $ 40,000 for the base
trim with higher trims and extra options costing as much as $
70,000.

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Competition

Major competitors of the 2017 Audi A5 will come from Mercedes,
Lexus and
BMW as well as upcoming models from other automakers who are
fast closing the gap of sculpting luxurious vehicles.