The rumors were right.
This week, rumors suggested Audi wants to cash in on the coupe crossover craze by launching a new Sportback version of the Q5 crossover. Now, the German automaker has officially confirmed the Q5 Sportback will debut later this year. The announcement was made during Audi's annual press conference that reviewed 2019's financial year results while looking ahead to the future.
No details of Audi's answer to the new BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe were provided, but it will likely be based on the upcoming Q5 facelift, which will borrow styling cues from the A4 facelift such as a narrower grille, redesigned LED headlights and taillights, and some minor design tweaks.
Spy shots have shown the refreshed Q5's interior will have a major upgrade with a larger 10.1-inch infotainment screen, which will carry over to the Sportback.
As for the powertrain, the Q5 Sportback will also likely share the same engine options as the regular Q5, which include a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo producing 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission and a hybrid version that delivers a combined 367 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. We also wouldn't be surprised if the hotter SQ5 also gets the Sportback treatment later in the model's lifecycle.
One aspect that will change, however, is the price. Audi hasn't announced pricing details yet, but the SQ5 Sportback is expected to cost around $2,193 more than the standard Q5, meaning it could cost over $45,000. This would still make it cheaper than its chief competitors, the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe, which start at $51,100 and $50,000 respectively.
In addition, Audi confirmed the Q2 crossover will be getting a facelift and that it will introduce around 20 new models this year including four new plug-in hybrid models and five EVs. Audi has already unveiled the new A3 Sportback for Europe, so there's a good chance that America's sedan version will break cover this year. Spy shots have also confirmed the Audi e-tron GT has reached the prototype testing stage, so the production version will likely debut later this year.