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Audi fans: we have good news and bad news.
The good news? Audi has released a sketch and a teaser image for the upcoming 2010 Audi A5 Sportback, and although we can only see a sliver of the vehicle in the photo, we're definitely intrigued. In sketch form, the "five-door coupe" appears boxy but contemporary with its high beltline, and in the photo, the Sportback's rear end looks great--sleek, sophisticated, and not overly blinged. Not that we'd expect too much bling from Audi, but you never know.
The bad news? There's no mention of the Sportback coming to America. (Yet.) If you're one of our European readers, however, that's no big deal: you can pick one up at your dealership of choice starting this September.
The Audi A5 Sportback will launch with a price tag of €36,050 (just shy of $50,000) for the 2.0 TDI, which packs around 170 hp. Prices for the other four engines--two more diesel and two gasoline--will be higher, although Audi says that in mid-2010, a new version of the Sportback will arrive at an "even more attractive price", which would seem to mean "lower".
We're sure there will be a lot more info released about the 2010 Audi A5 Sportback before its official debut in Frankfurt this September. In the meantime, you can
slog through thoroughly enjoy the press release we've pasted below.
The new Audi A5 Sportback: As elegant as a coupe, as practical as an Avant
Ingolstadt – 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.