In addition to the existing Avant estate and Allroad crossover wagon range, the product planners from Ingolstadt are now probing where they can shoehorn in Sportback models – and the A5 is next to receive the sporty wagon treatment.
The A5 Sportback will combine styling elements of the A5, A4 saloon and A4 Avant – wrapped up in a super-sleek roofline, frameless side windows and a big sloping tailgate. Integrated in the hatchback is a motorised extending air deflector, which adds a sporty touch and works wonders for the downforce at 100mph-plus. Perfect for autobahn storming or posing.
A well placed engineer from Ingolstadt told CAR Online: ‘With the Avant and the Sportback, we can attack the 3-series Touring and the T-model C-class from two sides. For Audi, this should mean about 50 percent more combined volume, 25 percent higher conquest rates and a 15 percent increase in market share in the segment.’
Production starts in April 2009.
Source: Car Magazine