Audi's new sleek coupe-style crossover has made its Nurburgring debut.
Last month, the refreshed 2021 Audi Q5 debuted with sharper styling and improved interior tech. So far, Audi has only shown off the regular Q5, but the German automaker has already confirmed that a stylish Sportback variant is coming, allowing it to compete with the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe. The Q5 is Audi's best-selling crossover, so it's not surprising that the carmaker wants to take advantage of its popularity and expand the Q5 lineup.
The Audi Q5 Sportback will debut later this year, but our spies have caught a camouflaged prototype attacking the Nurburgring before the official reveal.
There's still a hefty amount of camouflage covering the Q5 Sportback's sleek body, but the design changes applied to the regular 2021 Q5 give us a good idea of what to expect.
For 2021, the Audi Q5's exterior was updated with a slimmer and wider Singleframe grille, larger side air intakes, and redesigned side sills, so these changes will carry over to the Sportback. A sloping roofline will give the Audi Q5 Sportback a sportier appearance than its standard sibling, but this could affect headroom for rear passengers. This isn't the first time Audi has capitalized on the coupe crossover craze, as the German automaker also sells Sportback versions of the e-tron and Q3.
As for the interior, the Audi Q3 Sportback will be equipped with a 10.1-inch infotainment screen that was upgraded as part of the regular Q5 facelift, but we don't have any photos of the cabin to share yet.
On the technical side, we expect the Audi Q5 Sportback will utilize the regular Q5's 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine producing 261 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. Audi also sells a plug-in hybrid version of the Q5 pairing a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with an electric motor to generate a combined 367 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Look out for the Audi A5 Sportback later this year.