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Report: Audi A5 Sportback Coming to U.S. Next Year

The A7’s baby brother.

According to a report from Automotive News, Audi is preparing to bring the attractive A5 Sportback to the U.S. AN reports Audi of America President Scott Keogh announced the German automaker will add a new A5 body style next year when the model is redesigned. The only A5 variant we aren't privy to already is the A5 Sportback.

The A5 Sportback will be a budget alternative to the larger and more expensive Audi A7 lineup. Our spy photographers recently caught the next-generation Audi A5 Sportback out for winter testing. Underneath all of that camouflage lies a fresh new face for the A5 lineup, which will be shared with the coupe and convertible models we've already spotted.

No information is available on powertrain or performance, but AN expects the "volume" A5 Sportback to utilize the new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that pushes out 252 hp founder under the hood of the new 2017 Audi A4.

If the current A5 lineup is anything to go by, we could see the arrival of a high-performance S5 or even an RS5 Sportback, with performance nipping at the heels of the BMW M3 and M4. Power for the next S5 will likely be from the same 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 found in the new S4 sedan. This would be part of Audi's push to move its performance division up-market to compete with Mercedes-AMG and BMW's M Division.

The Audi A5 Sportback will go head-to-head with the BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe when it arrives sometime next year.

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