Audi will add a third crossover utility vehicle (CUV) to the Q5 Sportback early in 2021. Its sits midway between a SUV wagon and a coup‚ in styling.

At 4690ÿmm, the Q5 Sportback is seven millimetres longer than the Q5 on which it is based. It has the same height (1660ÿmm) and width (1890ÿmm). The sleeker shape means the coefficient of drag is lower, at 0.30.

It will be offered in two exterior styles, “advanced” and “S line”. Styling changes are in the Singleframe grille, the side air inlets and the rear bumper.

The Sportback comes in a wide selection of colours and upholstery materials, including top-quality fine Nappa leather.

There is a choice of three upholstery options for the electrically adjustable sport seats, all with embossed S logos. Contrasting stitching adorns the seats and the steering wheel; a massage function and seat ventilation are available on request. Brushed aluminium is standard for the inlays, the alternatives are two carbon designs and a piano finish.

The standard sport suspension offers direct contact with the road. Audi also offers an alternative suspension with controlled dampers. This adjusts the ride height over a range of 60ÿmm. The ground clearance can be increased by as much as 45ÿmm when driving on unpaved roads, while the body is lowered by 15ÿmm when driving fast. This reduces drag while increasing efficiency at the same time.

Wheel diameters range from 18 to 21 inches and there is a choice of no fewer than 21 different wheel designs.

The 2.0 TDI produces 150 kW and 400 Nm of torque and accelerates the CUV from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.6. A 12V mild hybrid system (MHEV) increases the efficiency. Its belt-driven starter-alternator can recover energy when decelerating and store it in a compact lithium-ion battery.

The Audi Q5 Sportback 50 TDI offers 210ÿkW and 620ÿNm, for a standard sprint in 5.7 seconds

Audi Q5 Sportback 45 TFSI produces 195kW and 370Nm of torque and does the zero to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds. It uses a 12V mild hybrid system.

The digital Audi virtual cockpit plus with 12.3-inch display and a head-up display are standard. The multifunction steering wheel plus enables the safe and simple operation of the most important functions and displays.

The MMI navigation plus infotainment system is paired with a 10.1-inch touch display. Its natural language voice control uses the knowledge of the cloud and can be activated by saying “Hey Audi.”

Many vehicle settings can be stored in individual user profiles and saved on the myAudi customer portal in the cloud. The myAudi app connects the car with the owner’s smartphone.

Optional modules such as the Audi phone box or the Bang & Olufsen 3D Premium Sound System supplement the infotainment system.

The Audi Q5 Sportback’s adaptive cruise assist can take over accelerating, decelerating and keeping in lane for the driver in many situations. The driver only has to touch the capacitive steering wheel to maintain lateral guidance.

The Q5 Sportback and the SQ5 Sportback TDI are still some way off, not being expected here till the second-half of 2021. Further information on the local model range, pricing and specification details will be announced closer to launch.

About Alistair Kennedy

Alistair Kennedy is Automotive News Service and Marque Publishing's business manager and the company's jack-of-all-trades. An accountant by profession, he designs the Marque range of motoring book titles, operates the company's motoring bookshop on the NSW Central Coast and the associated web site, as well as its huge digital and hard copy database. Whenever we can escape from the office he does so to cover new vehicle releases and contributes news stories. Alistair's other interests include cricket and family history on which he has written three books.
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