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Click above to see A5 Sportback teaser in high-res

We've been seeing spy photos of the upcoming Audi A5 Sportback for what seems like ages. However, thanks to the above teaser shot and a new video from Audi featuring designer Wolfgang Egger, we now have our clearest view of the new A5's profile yet. Not to be confused for production model based on the Sportback concept revealed at the Detroit Auto Show in January (which is also coming), this new A5 features also features a fastback body style. Unlike the current A5 coupe, the Sportback gets four doors on its flanks. Speaking of flanks it appears as though the Sportback will get even more muscular quarters than the coupe.

Unfortunately, we won't get the A5 Sportback here in America. In a statement released with the video, Audi of America explains that the new model doesn't fit its current plans for this market. In other words, the company doesn't think it can sell enough of the five-door hatchbacks to justify the expense of federalizing it. We'll hold out hope for the A7 Sportback, thank you. In the meantime, check out the video and the official press release after the jump.



[Source: Audi]

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PRESS RELEASE from Audi AG:

Ingolstadt, 2009-06-17
The new Audi A5 Sportback
As elegant as a coupe, as practical as an Avant

The brand with the four rings leads the pack with a new vehicle concept: The Audi A5 Sportback combines the best of different automotive worlds. It is as emotional and elegant as a coupe, as comfortable as a sedan, and as practical as an Avant. The Sportback joins the Coupé and Cabriolet as the third member of the A5 model family – and at the same time creates a new segment. With an exciting design, great everyday utility and highly efficient and powerful TFSI, FSI and TDI engines, the A5 Sportback will arrive at Audi dealerships in September. The car will be open for ordering with an entry price of EUR 36,050 for the 2.0 TDI version. A version with an even more attractive price will follow in the middle of 2010. This will make the A5 Sportback the entry model for the A5 model range.

The A5 Sportback represents a milestone in car design. The five-door coupe excels in its elegant, elongated, sporty profile. The large hatchback fits perfectly into the tail-end styling. The spoiler lip and the diffuser insert provide contrast and emphasize the athletic tautness of the elongated contour. The coupe-like silhouette is the result of a roof section with a long, tapering roofline that is moderately lower by 36 mm (1.42 inches) than the A4 Sedan and of the short overhangs at the front and rear as well as the long wheelbase of 2,810 mm (9.22 feet) and the four frameless doors with their slim, dynamic window styling. The unusual hatchback design is distinctively emblematic of the vehicle's excellent functionality. With the Sportback, the designers of the Avant are setting trends in tail-end design while combining sportiness, comfort and utility in a completely new way.

The unique functional concept in conjunction with the emotion-packed design creates a cutting-edge mix of coupe and Avant. The baggage volume of 480 liters (17.0 cubic feet) nearly equals that of the A4 Avant, and it has an impressive 980 liters (34.6 cubic feet) with the rear seatbacks folded down.

The A5 Sportback provides a full measure of comfort on all four seats and convenient entry and exit through every door. Despite the fact that its exterior height is less than that of the A4 Sedan and that its roof tapers at the rear, the Sportback has comparable headroom and legroom.

The powerplant of the A5 Sportback is another advance along the path of innovative technologies Audi has been charting: All engines are of the direct injection type – the diesel versions are sophisticated common rail TDI units while the gasoline engines are based on the FSI concept. All engines meet the EU5 exhaust emission standard. The diesel versions are equipped with particulate filters.

Initially the A5 Sportback will be available with a choice of two gasoline and three diesel engines. The two gasoline versions, the 2.0 TFSI quattro with an output of 155 kW (211 hp) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque and the 3.2-liter V6 quattro generating 195 kW (265 hp) are both equipped with the Audi valvelift system. This feature can produce more power and higher torque as well as lower fuel consumption.

The following engines are also available right from the start: the 2.0 TDI with 125 kW (170 hp), 350 Nm (258 lb-ft), a 6-speed manual gearbox and start/stop system, the 2.7 TDI with 140 kW (190 hp) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft), and the three-liter V6 TDI with 176 kW (240 hp) plus an enormous 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of maximum torque and quattro all-wheel drive.

The newly developed ESP control with electronic differential lock on the front axle ensures noticeably improved steering response as on the Coupé and Cabriolet and compensates effectively for change-of-load reactions - which increases driving safety.

The perfect addition to this technology package is the Audi drive select dynamic driving system – this allows the driver to choose between three different modes which influences the throttle response characteristics, the shift points for the seven-speed S tronic or multitronic transmissions, and supports the servotronic steering. If the vehicle is equipped with the MMI operating system, a fourth, freely programmable level is also available.

Audi drive select can only be ordered in conjunction with one or more of three additional technologies – adaptive shock absorber control, dynamic steering with continuously variable assistance and quattro with sport differential for the 3.0 TDI and 3.2 FSI versions.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      We are not worthy of this vehicle, I guess.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I like it.

        However, I can't afford one. So it doesn't really matter.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love how all designers come up with designs, and then rationalize every line and curve with b.s. In reality, all they're doing is intuitively coming up with a form that incorporates styling cues that are in vogue, within the functional constraints they're given.

      I'm a designer myself, and really, all this b.s.ing is what we were taught to do back in the design school. :-P

      That's why I found the Tesla's Model S interview interesting, because his design rationalization was all about functionality.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzpFqEYrGII
        • 5 Years Ago
        Tell me about it. How this "shoulder line" creates a wider, safer stance and how the front ground effects "visually heighten" the vehicle, how the Hoffmeister Kink conveys a muscular form, yadda yadda...

        Sometimes I wonder whether we over-analyze pieces of art, like Mondrian's works or certain "literary masterpieces". Maybe there's no symbolism at all and the artist just did "whatever" one day.
        • 5 Years Ago
        designers should STFU and just design stuff.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "all they're doing is intuitively coming up with a form that incorporates styling cues that are in vogue, within the functional constraints they're given"

        Obviously? Would you expect Audi to design a car that looks like Toyota? Would you expect them to design a large car with huge overhangs on a smaller platform?

        I love the integrated lip-spoilers Audi has been using; it makes the design incredibly fluid.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Would you expect them to design a large car with huge overhangs on a smaller platform?"

        Yes. Just look at the previous generation A4 and have a look at how much overhang there is in the front. lol...

        Seriously, I'm not even sure what the point of your comment was. My original comment was simply making mockery of the designer b.s.ing, and how the design process is more about intuitive aesthetics.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love hatchbacks, but I doubt I'll be "drooling" over any Audi. Until they find themselves a new styling identity (i.e. a new grille at the very least), they're only a pug-nosed train wreck from the front and a BMW-wannabe from the rear. Admittedly, they look do nice from the driver's seat, however. They could also focus a bit more on refining the driving dynamics to be more than just a highly-tuned puller.

      So... I'll mourn the lack of sporty hatchbacks in some other brand. Audi has nothing on this continent or any other in which I'm even remotely interested.
        • 5 Years Ago
        GRILLE!!!
        Why can't the English.... learn to SPEAK/SPELL!!!

        Back to topic... The Grille... it is beautiful.. if they could remove that bumper bar.... i'd be even better
        • 5 Years Ago
        :( I like their grill!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Grille!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Drool over a hatchback?!? maybe the version of me that's in the Bizzarro World drools while driving his hatchback, but it's not going to happen here.
      • 5 Years Ago
      !@#$%^&*

      First no new Scirocco for the US, and now no new Audi A5 Sportback!

      As a high school senior, I drove my parents beautiful black 78 Scirocco Sidewinder II Special Edition.

      After college, I purchased a black 84 Scirocco Kamei Stage II and later, a black 94 Corrado VR6.

      These automobiles were much more pleasurable and useful than my wife's BMW or MB.

      Surfing, skiing, cycling, spirited driving, weekend road trips.....whatever! The VW's were the "go-to" cars.

      Plus, with the "sportback", i.e.hatchback design, we always had room to spare for all of our gear AND no roof racks ever needed.

      VW USA and AUDI USA needs to realize why "sportbacks" are popular in Europe.

      I don't want to drive a Volvo, not interested in a "there's one around every corner in SoCal" BMW, same with a staid looking MB, the XWD Saab's are unique but I'd prefer to wait for Saab to wash away the influence GM had on their recent offerings.

      Oh well, I guess I'll have to go with the A5 Cabriolet in the meantime.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's OK. As long as I see either the A5 Sportback or A7 Sportback here, I'm happy; I'm not sure we need both (assuming we are still getting the A7).
      • 5 Years Ago
      How can VW dump the Passat CC joke on us, and then refuse to release this potential beauty?
        • 5 Years Ago
        If they had not given you the CC, you would be crying why are they giving you the normal Passat and not the CC, same goes with Scirocco, they have a good reason not to give their best cars to people who hate them and make fun of their reliability.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Val, Is it making fun of them, or speaking truth. Their reliability sucks....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Fortunately, you won't be able to experience it then ;)
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm not a VW hater.

        I actually preferred that they actually just replaced the standard Passat with the CC. It's like they added the CC to gauge interest instead of just making it a replacement. But if they are still selling the standard version in good numbers, that even better.

        I trust VW quality, but wish the US could get more the exciting versions of their offerings.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Damn. Maybe my neighbor would trade in the new A4 for one of these.
      The A4 does not look good in person. Could just be the red color, not flattering.

        • 5 Years Ago
        I noticed that too, the base A4 with the lousy 17" wheels look horrendous.

        The A4 looks great if you get the 18" or 19" Sline package but Audi did not release the car with the most flattering line of wheels, unlike what they did with the A5/S5.
        • 5 Years Ago
        it's the color, there's a black one parked next to my car and an acura whatever-the-frack-with-clown-fish-front-end, the a4 looks fantastic.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i just can't figure out why sedans are the body style of choice.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What exactly have been the alternatives?

        Don't need a full on wagon, some need enough seating and doors for at least 4 reasonably sized passengers....

        But how many 5-door sedans are there? previous Mazda6 offered it, but then cancelled it, with barely any marketing.

        Not a whole lot of other cars in the main stream offer it. I guess I see one or two Hyundai Elantras, or whatever around... but those are hardly mainstream mass-market sellers.

        Sedans are the choice, because that is what is easy, and standard, and the bureaucrats quash passion and originality.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just to throw my 2 cents in here being one of only a few americans to actually see and sit in this car in person. I don't like this thing at all. It feels too forced to me, the porportions are all wrong and you can tell that the car was never originally designed to have that long a wheelbase.

      I feel that this is an attempt to capitalize on a design trend (the 4-door coupe) that I personally think peaked when the CC came out, and I was very vocal about this. I don't think this is the statement Audi wants to be making to Americans who are just now starting to come around about the brand.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Based on the reactions here, Americans DO like hatchbacks. Interesting.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Some of us do.

        Others just buy what is available, and don't care as much.

        But when they aren't really offered, and certainly not marketed very hard when they are (mazda6 5-door), then it is difficult to make that point.

        And unless something is proven, and easy, it seems that the bean counters that run car companies aren't even interested in considering it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Good point. Thing is, there are different interpretations of "hatchback" to consider too. This style which looks like a coupe (similar to the 370Z, Corvette, and Porsches) seems pretty popular. The ones like the Mazda3 hatch which look like short wagons aren't as popular I think, even though a lot of them are designed well (especially the 3).
      • 5 Years Ago
      VW/Audi's issue isn't with American tastes. Their issue is with incompetant, distracted American drivers who will wind up running their vehicles into a telephone pole, wall, or another vehicle - while simultaneously focusing on their nav systems, yapping on their cell phone and drinking their lattes behind the wheel.

      I don't blame VW/Audi one bit for not importing their better automotive offerings here.
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