Last month, Audi unveiled the refreshed Q5 crossover. We thought the Q5 Sportback with a more streamlined and sportier appearance would also appear, but this is not the case. Today, new spy photos show that Audi is still developing the new crossover, continuing to hide it in a swirling camouflage envelope, although it’s difficult to dismiss the separate sloping roof and hatch.
When the Q5 Sportback arrives, it will feature the same updated front and rear designs that Audi has provided to the regular crossover. The two will also share an interior, but don’t expect any significant changes as the Q5 has only undergone mid-cycle refresh. This means that the Q5 Sportback will likely receive the company’s latest MIB 3 infotainment system and its new 10.1-inch touchscreen.
It should come with standard safety features, such as lane departure warning, front and rear parking sensors and blind spot monitoring, all of which were manufactured by Audi on the entry-level Q5. The Q5 Sportback should have similar features, like the Audi Virtual Cockpit available in the Premium Plus and Prestige models.
The powertrains should also be the same, which means the Sportback will feature a standard mild hybrid powertrain that combines a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with a low-voltage belt starter generator. It produces 261 horsepower (195 kilowatts) and 273 pound-feet (370 Newton meters) of torque. There could also be an SQ5 Sportback, using the same 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 that produces 349 hp (2,600 kW) and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque.
When the Q5 Sportback arrives, it will compete with the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupé, which both start just north of $ 50,000. The 2021 Q5 will start at $ 43,300 with the SQ5 from $ 52,900; however, expect the Q5 Sportback to have a higher starting price which should match that of its other German competitors. The regular 2021 Audi Q5 is expected to arrive in the U.S. in the fourth quarter of this year. The Q5 Sportback shouldn’t be far behind, and we expect a revelation soon.