Life gets you another Coupe- the Audi Q5 Sportback
But do we really need it?
Just days after VW revealed the Tiguan X, its coupe offering for China, Audi has entered the mid-range Coupe segment with the first ever Q5 Sportback to lock horns with the BMW X4 and Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe.
It gets several momentous changes on the outside with its fastback roof to make it look sassier than its subtle sibling. The front appears almost unchanged cribbing the standard model's fascia with different LED pattern, hood opening, air intakes and silver bumper cladding for a beefier look. The side profile is where the obvious changes are reflected in the form of the coupe roofline which dare I say it, doesn't appear to be well executed. It almost feels as if the boffins at Audi took inspiration from the Tesla Model X. The cavernous wheels and the universal trend of black cladding underscore the car's posture. Except for the stubby glass area, it's hard to differentiate the Sportback against the normal model at the rear. However, the chrome plating on the rear bumper to elaborate its SUV character works well.
Just like the exterior, the interior too gets minimal changes but that can be ignored going by how handsome and svelte, the cockpit of the Q5 felt. However, become a wee bit obsequious and you will take note of a larger 10.1" Audi's MIB-3 software that also supports wireless Apple CarPlay. The Q5's cabin doesn't look akin to the interior of the Q7, Q8, A8 and the A6, all of which can be criticised for being similar to each other. There's wood inlays on the dash, door pads and centre console. There's also the option of ambient lighting to elevate its luxury. However, just don't anticipate as much headroom as the standard model though one of Audi's engineers say a person a fathom tall won't feel cooped in.
Expect the same engine options as the Q5 but eschew any doubts of acquainting with the plug-in hybrid powertrain option as the Sportback won't be getting it though there will be mild-hybrid tech on offer. The base option will be once again, the 2.0-litre turbo-4 petrol engine equivalent for 261 hp and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque. The more powerful 3.0-litre supercharged mill offered on the SQ5 will thrust forward with 349 hp and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of twisting force. As this is meant to be sportier, Audi will also induct a standard steel setup that can be adjusted with multiple options. To add to this, there's Audi's brilliant adaptive air suspension that can raise or lower the car by 2.4 inches. It can also raise the ride height by 1.8 inches to gallop the road imperfections.
The car is expected to launch in beginning 2021 and might just clinch the void left by the Q5.