2017 Audi A5 Sportback- Seven years after the birth of the Audi A5 Sportback, the new version now makes its appearance.

The finely contoured headlights in the new Audi A5 Sportback harmonize perfectly with the horizontal lines of the front end. They are positioned slightly above the top edge of the Singleframe grille, which is drawn down quite far - a surprising design detail and a first in the A5 model line. With the options LED headlights and Audi Matrix LED headlights, LED technology is used for all lighting functions. The new lighting signature of the Audi Matrix LED headlights creates a characteristic, focused four-eye face reminiscent of the Ur-quattro. 18 LEDs shine through two lenses to produce the high beam of the Matrix LED headlights. Provided with information from the camera on the interior mirror, the LED control unit switches them on individually or dims them in 64 stages as necessary. This enables the Matrix LED headlights to produce several million light distribution variants. They always illuminate the road optimally with a quality of light similar to daylight, without dazzling other road users. To prevent the driver from being blinded by glare from highly reflective traffic signs, these are specifically illuminated with reduced power. The turning light of the Matrix LED headlights is produced by shifting the focal point of the light. Predictive route data provided by the optional MMI navigation plus allows this to be activated before the steering wheel is turned. The dynamic turn signals, which are produced by a row of sequentially activated light-emitting diodes, run from the inside out in the direction the driver is turning to send clear and intuitively understood signals to the surroundings.

Highly versatile: the Audi tablet as Rear Seat Entertainment The Audi tablet in-car entertainment system represents another optional innovation for the new Audi A5 Sportback. The device, with its high-resolution 10.1-inch monitor (1,920 x 1,200 pixels), connects to the MMI navigation plus by Wi-Fi so it can access the Radio, Media, Navigation and Car menus. The rear passengers can for example plan a route and then send it to the driver. The driver can reciprocate by starting a radio or media program for them. The sound is output on the car's sound system or via headphones. The Audi tablet uses the Android operating system. The technical core is the extremely high-performance Tegra 40 processor from NVIDIA. The 32 GB internal memory can be expanded with a micro SD card. The Android environment gives the user access to countless apps and games, films, music, e-books and Office applications. The integrated full HD camera can be used to make video calls. After the trip, the user can take the Audi tablet away and continue using it offline or on a Wi-Fi network. Together with its rechargeable battery, the Audi tablet is designed for use in the car. It can even handle high or very low temperatures without problems. The pivoting bracket on the back of the front seat meets the rigorous crash safety requirements. The aluminum frame is cut from a single piece - this underlines the sophisticated character of the Audi tablet, which is available individually or as a set of two. 3D B&O Sound System The new Audi A5 Sportback also sets entirely new standards in its segment for high fidelity audio. The optional 3D Bang & Olufsen Sound System offers a fascinating innovation - a sound that includes the spatial dimension of height. It utilizes four additional loudspeakers, two each in the instrument panel and the A-pillars. The 3D sound creates something that is completely new in a car: The music sounds like it is being played in a concert hall. The heart of the 3D Bang & Olufsen Sound System is a 755-watt, 16-channel amplifier that powers 19 loudspeakers.

Engines The new Audi A5 Sportback appears in two TFSI and three TDI engine versions. They produce between 140 kW (190 hp) and 210 kW (286 hp). Compared with the previous model, Audi has reduced their fuel consumption by as much as 22 percent while increasing power output by up to 17 percent. All engines comply with the limits of the Euro 6 emission standard. The standard, updated start-stop system includes changes that reduce fuel consumption. It already deactivates the engine when coasting up to traffic signals at less than seven (with S tronic) or three km/h (tiptronic) (4.3 or 1.9 mph, respectively).

2.0 TFSI engines The new Audi A5 Sportback comes equipped with the 2.0 TFSI engine with a displacement of 1,984 cm3 in two performance versions. Its technical highlights include the exhaust manifold integrated into the cylinder head, the rotating core module for the thermal management system, the Audi valvelift system (AVS) for the exhaust valves, the turbocharger's electric waste gate and dual injection. In the partial load range, indirect manifold injection supplements FSI direct injection. The top version of the 2.0 TFSI produces 185 kW (252 hp). 370 Nm (272.9 lb-ft) of torque is available between 1,600 and 4,500 rpm. Performance is sporty: With quattro all-wheel drive, it sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 6.0 seconds on its way to an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155.3 mph). The unit consumes 5.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (39.9 US mpg), which corresponds to 136 grams of CO2 per kilometer (218.9 g/mi). The second version of the 2.0 TFSI has an output of 140 kW (190 hp). 320 Nm (236.0 lb-ft) of torque is available from 1,450 to 4,200 rpm. The power unit is both agile and thoroughly economical. These characteristics are the result of a new strategy: the continued development by Audi of successful engine downsizing into rightsizing. The trailblazing efficiency of the 2.0 TFSI with 140 kW (190 hp) is the result of an innovative combustion principle. The comparatively high displacement is no handicap here - in fact, it is essential. Customers of the new Audi A5 Sportback enjoy the advantages of a small-displacement engine when driving at moderate speeds, without having to compromise when it comes to sporty driving. Because this unit still awaits homologation, no consumption data is available for it yet.

2.0 TDI The 1,968 cm3 four-cylinder TDI in the new Audi A5 Sportback develops 140 kW (190 hp). Peak torque of 400 Nm (295.0 lb-ft) is available between 1,750 and 3,000 rpm. With quattro all-wheel drive and the seven-speed S tronic, from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) takes 7.4 seconds. Top speed is 235 km/h (146.0 mph). In combination with the seven-speed S tronic and front-wheel drive, the 2.0 TDI consumes just 4.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (56.0 US mpg) according to the NEDC standard, a CO2 equivalent of 109 grams per kilometer (175.4 g/mi). High and low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation and sophisticated exhaust gas treatment including an SCR system (SCR: selective catalytic reduction) provide for low emissions. Audi also offers the 2.0 TDI in an ultra version - its presence is indicated by a badge on the rear end. ultra stands for the most efficient versions of a model line. Modifications to the transmission ratio, optimized streamlining of the body and suspension as well as the use of low-rolling-resistance tires help to further reduce consumption. The new Audi A5 Sportback 2.0 TDI ultra with front-wheel drive and manual transmission consumes just 4.1 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (57.4 US mpg) (108 grams of CO2 per kilometer (173.8 g/mi)) in the NEDC cycle, which sets the benchmark in the competitive field.

3.0 TDI The two six-cylinder TDI power units offer a blend of power, refinement and impressive efficiency. The 3.0 TDI calls upon a displacement of 2,967 cm3 and is available in two performance versions. The first variant of the 3.0 TDI produces 160 kW (218 hp). Its torque of 400 Nm (295.0 lb-ft) is available between 1,250 and 3,750 rpm. In the NEDC cycle, the new Audi A5 Sportback consumes just 4.6 liters of fuel (51.1 US mpg), corresponding to CO2 emissions of 119 grams per kilometer (191.5 g/mi). The new top TDI increases power output by an additional 30 kW (41 hp) for a total of 210 kW (286 hp) and offers 620 Nm (457.3 lb-ft) of torque between 1,500 and 3,000 rpm. This power unit will follow only after market launch and is still awaiting homologation. For this reason, no consumption data is available for it yet. Audi's development engineers have extensively updated numerous aspects of the new 3.0 TDI with 210 kW (286 hp). They have optimized combustion chamber filling, the charge cycles and thermal management. The result is increased performance coupled with a further reduction in fuel consumption. Close-coupled catalytic converters treat the exhaust gas effectively. The top diesel version contains a newly developed turbocharger that is 20 percent lighter, with variable turbine geometry (VTG) and a maximum boost pressure of 3.3 bar. The developers put a lot of work into optimizing the gas flow, with the result that the engine responds highly spontaneously to the accelerator.

For the future: quattro with ultra technology The new quattro with ultra technology is available for the TFSI and TDI four-cylinder engines with manual transmission. The efficiency-optimized all-wheel drive system does not perceptibly differ from permanent systems in terms of traction and driving dynamics. This is all thanks to the combination of the newly developed all-wheel drive components with a sophisticated operating strategy and a torque split perfectly matched to the car. The all-wheel drive system's intelligent control works predictively, always looking ahead by means of a comprehensive array of sensors and the continuous analysis of the driving dynamics, road condition and driver behavior data collected. During operation at low loads without the risk of wheel slip, the new quattro drive exploits all the advantages of front-wheel drive. But the all-wheel drive system is always ready when needed. This system significantly reduces the potential difference in fuel consumption between front-wheel drive and permanent all-wheel drive systems.

The new Audi A5 Sportback will roll into showrooms in Germany and other European countries at the start of 2017. The basic price is EUR 37,800.

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