The second generation of the Audi A5, expected to be released as a 2018 model, was shot by spy cameras revealing both photos and videos of the much-anticipated vehicle from the Audi paddock constructed on the Volkswagen Groups’ MLB Evo platform.
The next generation of the Audi A5 is estimated to arrive in showrooms in the latter half of 2017 making it a 2018 model, though car enthusiasts believe that it could be launched earlier that year. The spy camera caught the profile and video of the new Audi A5 and the most obvious styling changes seem to have happened in the front end, which now appears to have a more aggressive look, similar to the 2017 Audi A4 that is expected to be in showrooms next year.
Like the upcoming Audi A4, the new Audi A5, is also built on the Volkswagen Groups’ MLB Evo platform. The MLB Evo platform, which was first employed in the 2017 Audi Q7, promises compatibility with more number of alternate powertrains and also reduces the weight of the vehicle considerably.
The base model of the 2018 Audi A5 would continue to feature the 2L TFSI engine and the S5 will also feature the 3L V6 engine present in the extant model. The RS5 model’s earlier naturally aspirated 4.2L V8 engine will be replaced by a twin turbocharged 3L V6 engine which promises to deliver up to 475 horsepower.
The 2018 Audi A5 will feature front-wheel drive as standard and all-wheel drive as an optional addition. The standard transmission is expected to be the 7-speed dual-clutch unit. Considering the fact that the MLB Evo platform will be compatible with other powertrains too, experts believe that a plug-in hybrid model with an all-wheel-drive option might also be made available.
The technological features expected to be included in the upcoming Audi A5 are Matrix beam capability-featured laser and LED headlight, a head-up monitor, the latest Wi-Fi-enabled infotainment system and partly autonomous electronic driving technology. Other gadgets expected to be part of the new A5 are Audi’s MMI interface and the Virtual Cockpit digital instrument panel.