This is Audi’s response to the likes of BMW X4 and Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupé

Audi is giving the Q5 the Sportback treatment but we won’t see it on the streets earlier than mid-2021. The Q5 Sportback carries on the SUV coupe theme we’ve seen from so many carmakers, so here’s all you need to know about it.

The Q5 Sportback is coming to the U.S. with two powertrains

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Stateside customers can get the 2021 Q5 Sportback with either a 2-liter TFSI turbo engine and a 12-volt mild-hybrid setup for a grand total of 261 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. The other option is the tried and tested 3-liter TFSI (also turbo) V-6 with 349 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.

The sole transmission option will most likely be the familiar seven-speed S-Tronic paired with Quattro all-wheel drive.

Also important to note is the fact that the Q5 Sportback won’t inherit the regular Q5’s plug-in hybrid powertrain

Standard features include adaptive dampers but you can upgrade to the optional air suspension. Also standard are the LED daytime running lights (upgradable to matrix-design LEDs). In the rear, every Q5 Sportback model will flaunt OLED taillights - the clusters are split into three main segments, each comprising six smaller tiles.

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On the tech front, Audi will fit the Q5 Sportback with its MIB 3 infotainment setup. Higher versions of the setup include the Audi virtual cockpit plus (all-digital instrument cluster based on a 12.3-inch display) and a head-up display. Dominating the center console is a 10.1 touchscreen.

What’s it gonna cost me to get one?

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There’s no word on pricing from Audi, but we can tell you this.

The 2021 Q5 starts at $43,000 in Premium trim, so we expect the Q5 Sportback, due to its posher claims, to start at around $46,000.

However, a well-kitted example could easily touch the $60,000 threshold and even go beyond should you go berserk with the configurator.

Regardless of how much you’re willing to pay for a brand-new 2021 Audi Q5 Sportback, you’re going to have to wait until the summer of 2021 to do that, with deliveries hopefully kicking off in early fall 2021. The Audi Q5 Sportback is assembled at the San José Chiapa plant in Mexico.

2021 Audi Q5 Sportback Specifications
2021 Audi Q5 Sportback 2021 Audi SQ5 Sportback
Engine 2.0-liter, turbocharged TFSI  3.0-liter, turbocharged V-6 TFSI
Horsepower 261 horses 349 horses
Torque 273 pound-feet 369 pound-feet
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Elegant and practical, progressive and sporty: the Q5 Sportback. The Q5 Sportback is a coupe with dynamic lines that addresses customers who appreciate not just expressive design and technical innovation, but also sporty character and high everyday utility. Simple operation and clear displays provide for relaxed driving.

The Audi Q5 Sportback is a real eye-catcher and exudes a powerful presence as is typical for the SUV models from Audi. Large air inlets flank the octagonal Singleframe. The headlights with a distinctive daytime running light signature feature LED or optional matrix-design LED technology. The continuous, elegantly sweeping shoulder line emphasizes the wheels and with them the quattro all-wheel drive. The side sill trim on the doors imbue the CUV with stability and robustness. The greenhouse extends low over the body and begins its downward slope early so that the third side window tapers sharply to the rear. The starkly sloped rear window and the seemingly high-mounted rear bumper give the Q5 Sportback a very dynamic and powerful appearance.

Innovative: rear lights with digital OLED technology

SQ5 Sportback models will offer next-generation OLED lighting technology. OLEDs are extremely efficient organic light-emitting diodes that generate a homogenous light surface. The OLED taillight on SQ5 models is split into three tiles of six segments each, which enables Audi designers and developers to create different light designs and signatures from a single item of hardware.

Flexible space configuration: rear seat bench plus

Audi will also offer the newest member of the family with the standard rear seat bench plus, which can be shifted laterally and has adjustable seat back angles. If necessary, it can slide forward to increase the base luggage capacity. On the other hand, it provides enhanced comfort for the rear seat passengers when the seat back and seating surface are all the way back. A power tailgate will be standard. In combination with the optional convenience key in your pocket or purse, it can be opened with a simple foot gesture if you don’t have your hands free, for example.

The engine lineup

The Audi Q5 Sportback will receive a 2.0-liter TFSI® engine and a 12v mild-hybrid electric vehicle system to deliver 261 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. The SQ5 Sportback utilizes the 3.0-liter TFSI® V6 engine which produces 349 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque.

The SQ5 will also come standard equipped with adaptive dampers and offers an available air suspension which allows for adjustment of the ride height in addition to the firmness of the dampers, controllable via the standard Audi drive select. Available dynamic steering offers a variable steering ratio that adjusts based on vehicle speed and the Audi drive select setting. During slower driving, the more direct ratio with fewer steering wheel rotations stop-to-stop and the higher power assist improve comfort. At higher speeds, the more indirect ratio has a positive effect on tracking and provides for high directional stability.

Digital and intuitive: controls and connectivity

For the controls, displays and infotainment, the Q5 Sportback uses the same new technology in the updated Q5: the third-generation modular infotainment system or MIB 3. When fully equipped, the display-based Audi virtual cockpit plus with 12.3-inch display and a head-up display are also on board. The multifunction steering wheel plus enables 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 home screen is customizable and many vehicle settings can be put into individual user profiles and stored online on the myAudi customer portal. Each authorized user can access them for any Audi models appropriately equipped.

Optional hardware modules such as the Audi phone box or the Bang and Olufsen® sound system with 3D sound supplement the infotainment system.

Helpful and efficient: the driver assist systems

The Audi Q5 Sportback will be equipped with numerous driver assist systems including adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, standard Audi side assist and Audi pre sense rear, lane departure warning and parking system plus.

Market launch: first half of 2021

The Audi Q5 Sportback rolls off the assembly line at the San José Chiapa plant in Mexico and will launch in the U.S. in the first half of 2021.

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