This will be Audi's answer to the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe.
Spy shots have already shown that the Audi Q5 is getting a facelift to keep the popular crossover looking fresh in the highly competitive crossover segment. But back in March, Audi announced it will be expanding the Q5 range with a new Sportback version as part of the upcoming facelift.
Now, our spies have caught an Audi Q5 Sportback prototype undergoing testing, providing a first look at Audi's answer to the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe. This will be the fourth coupe crossover in Audi's lineup that prioritizes style over practicality following the Q3 Sportback, the e-tron Sportback, and the stunning Q8.
Like the regular Q5 facelift, the exterior has been updated with new LED headlights and taillights, a narrower grille, and tweaks to the front and rear bumpers, mirroring changes applied to the Audi A4 facelift. A lower ride height and a sloping roofline make the Q5 Sportback look more stylish than its standard sibling, but this means some of the cargo space will inevitably be sacrificed.
We weren't sent any photos of the interior, but the Audi Q5 Sportback will feature a larger 10.1-inch infotainment screen and Audi's new MMI touch software as part of the upgrades that will be offered in the Q5 facelift.
Audi hasn't announced any technical details for the Q5 facelift yet, but we're expecting the engine options to carry over from the current model. In the US, these include a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine rated at 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission.
A plug-in hybrid version of the Audi Q5 was also introduced for the 2020 model year, which pairs a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with an electric motor. Combined, this setup generates 367 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. The 2021 Audi Q5 is expected to debut in the second half of 2020, so the more stylish Audi Q5 Sportback could potentially break cover by the end of the year.