Looks Like Audi Wants To Join The Coupe Crossover Craze

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The upcoming Q5 facelift will reportedly spawn a new Sportback version.

German automakers such as BMW, Porsche, and Mercedes-Benz have been launching new SUV variants to fill every possible niche including coupe-style SUVs such as the BMW X4, Porsche Cayenne Coupe, and Mercedes GLC Coupe. Most recently, Audi could be the next brand to expand its portfolio to meet the increasing demand for stylish coupe crossovers. According to a new report by Autozeitung.de, Audi is preparing to launch a Q5 Sportback, allowing the automaker to battle the aforementioned BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe.

The new Audi Q5 Sportback will reportedly debut this fall as part of the upcoming Q5 facelift range before arriving in dealers next spring. Joining the Q5 Sportback will be a more powerful SQ5 Sportback.

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We've known for some time that Audi planning to give the Q5 a facelift as prototypes of the refreshed crossover were first spotted last summer.

We're expecting the design to borrow cues from last year's A4 facelift, including a narrower grille, redesigned LED headlights and taillights, and minor tweaks to the front and rear bumpers. The current Q5 has been on sale since 2016 and is one of Audi's best-selling models, so the updated styling changes should help Audi keep maintain its strong sales. Like the 2020 Audi A4, the updated Q5 should also get a vastly improved cabin with a larger10.1-inch infotainment screen.

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Under the hood, the Q5 Sportback should be offered with the same engine options as its Q5 sibling. The current Audi Q5 uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque paired with a 7-speed automatic transmission, while the hybrid version has a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and an electric motor producing a combined 367 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Both engine options should carry over to the facelift model.

Unsurprisingly, Audi will charge a premium for the more stylish Q5 Sportback. According to the German publication, the coupe-style crossover will cost €2,000 ($2,193) more than the regular Q5, which starts at $43,300. That means the Q5 Sportback will cost over $45,000, making it cheaper than its competitors such as the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe

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Source Credits: Autozeitung.de

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