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There’s good news for fans of Audi A5 and S5 range. A new Audi of America product timeframe diagram that appears to have leaked earlier this week confirms both the “when” and the “what else” aspects of the upcoming B9 A5/S5 range… even before the car has been revealed.
Most significant of the news is the Sportback body style. The first generation A5/S5 Sportback never made it to America. The rumor goes that the American staff at the time took a pass on the car since they were selling half the volume they do today and placed a higher degree of import on volume cars like the Q5 and Q3. Given America was out of the running, the car was developed without the U.S. market in mind and thus its importation during the elder car’s lifecycle was never an option after the initial choice to skip it.
Fast forward to 2016. Audi of America has doubled its volume. Cars like the Sportback are now possible and Audi of America intends to make full use of that. The Sportback is very much on the product launch timeframe map.
Back to that map, it confirms the A5/S5 coupe hit the U.S. market by April of 2017… maybe earlier. The A5/S5 Sportback and Cabriolet body styles will follow the coupe to market, arriving in May of 2017.
When will the A5 drop? We’d have guessed Geneva next month, but now know that is not the case. Given that, we’re going to guess Paris in September though emphasize that this is ONLY a guess.