Audi has added another niche to its line-up with the announcement that the Q5 SUV range will get a Sportback variant in the first half of next year.
The coupe-SUV is the third such model, following on from the Q3 and new e-tron Sportback versions, and will include petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid and sporty SQ5 versions.
Audi said its latest model will appeal to customers “who appreciate the innately family-friendly utility and sophisticated technology of the standard Q5 but also admire the expressive and distinctive design of more purebred sports cars”. It fills a gap offered by rivals such as the BMW X3 and X4, and the Mercedes GLC and GLC Coupe.
The 510-litre boot is 40 litres down on the regular Q5 thanks to the sloping profile, and that can be increased by 70 litres by sliding the rear seats forward if travelling without passengers.
The Q5 Sportback will launch with 204hp petrol and diesel engines, as well as the 347hp SQ5, which will be followed “a little later” by two different outputs of the TFSIe plug-in hybrid powertrain. Trim levels will run as Sport, S Line, Vorsprung and Edition One,
All models get the panoramic 12.3-inch Audi Virtual Cockpit, as well as MMI Navigation Plus and Audi Connect systems. The Vorsprung trim level gets digital OLED lighting at the rear, which will automatically illuminate when parked if another vehicle gets within two metres.
“Form often carries as much weight as function for Audi customers, many of whom have been drawn to the brand by our longstanding commitment to combining design that innovates and inspires with fundamental everyday versatility and usability,” says Director of Audi UK Andrew Doyle. “In new Sportback form the ever popular Q5 makes a far more expressive statement visually, but remains impressively fit for whatever life throws at it. Like the Q3 and e-tron Sportbacks it really is a best-of-both-worlds proposition.”
The new model arrives alongside a mid-life facelift for the regular Q5 model.