2018 Audi A5 Spy Shots And Video

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[embedded content] The second generation of Audi’s handsome A5 is expected to arrive in time for the 2018 model year, which puts its showroom arrival sometime in the second half of 2017, although the car may end up being launched earlier that year. We now have new spy shots plus a video of some prototypes.
They show only evolutionary changes for the car’s styling, with the most significant changes taking place at the front where the design team has created a slightly more aggressive look. A similar look features on the 2017 A4 due in showrooms early next year. Both cars ride on a common platform.
2018 Audi A5 spy shots – Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
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That platform is Audi’s latest MLB (modular longitudinal) platform, which will eventually underpin most Audi models from the A4 up. Previewed in Audi’s Sport quattro concept from 2013, the platform uses a combination of high-strength steel, aluminum and even some composites to help get weight down.
Current trim levels will carry over, with the base 2018 A5 continuing with a 2.0-liter TFSI engine, the S5 with a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 and the RS 5 forgoing the current model’s naturally aspirated 4.2-liter V-8 in favor of a new twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6. Expect power on this latter variant to reside around the 475-horsepower mark.
Front-wheel drive will remain standard for the 2018 A5 while quattro all-wheel drive will continue to be offered as an option. The standard transmission should be an S tronic dual-clutch unit with seven forward gears. One of the key benefits of the latest MLB Evo platform is that it’s been designed to be compatible with alternative drivetrains. Look for a plug-in hybrid model, perhaps with a ‘through-the-road’ hybrid all-wheel-drive system.
2018 Audi A5 spy shots – Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
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Tech goodies will include LED and laser headlights with Matrix beam capability, an advanced infotainment system with Wi-Fi, a head-up display, and semi-autonomous electronic driving aids. There will also be various versions of Audi’s MMI interface as well as the automaker’s Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster.
Look for the new A5 to be revealed sometime next year. Further down the track, new versions of the A5 Cabriolet and A5 Sportback will be launched, though once again only the former is expected here.
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