The 2018 Audi A5 Sportback is headed to the U.S., the automaker confirmed on the eve of the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Earlier this year Audi USA boss Scott Keogh hinted the automaker was trying to bring the A5 and S5 Sportback to the U.S. and now we finally have confirmation. The five-door body style was offered in the first-generation model, though it wasn’t available to American buyers.
With the announcement, the A5 and S5 lineup will now include three models — coupe, cabriolet, and Sportback. The A5 Sportback will be powered by a 252-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 that’s mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. A manual transmission won’t be offered. Meanwhile, the S5 Sportback gets the same 354-hp, 3.0-liter, turbocharged V-6 paired to an eight-speed automatic.
Like the A7/S7, the A5/S5 Sportback features a liftgate, providing easy access to the relatively spacious cargo area. The rear seats fold down for even more space.
Audi says we won’t have to wait too long to get our hands on one, since it expects the five-door to arrive in showrooms by next Spring. Pricing will come later, but we expect a starting price that should be competitive with the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, which currently commands an entry price of $42,945.