Audi has completely redesigned its big car family in the past year, and since we have seen the first prototypes of the upcoming facelifted A4, it's only natural to update the A5 range as well. The front bumper is getting redesigned and so is the grille, spoiler and the elements right below the headlights.
There will be some changes at the back, too, though this prototype doesn’t reveal the revisions yet. The mild hybrid technology from the bigger A6, A7 and A8 should migrate to the A5, too. The technology saves up to five per cent more fuel through a coasting function. That's on top of the ultra de-coupling AWD technology and whatever else Audi has planned.
The new EA288 Evo TDI engine has already been confirmed for the A4 and will therefore come in the A5 as well. This 2-litre unit offers between 136 and 204 horsepower. By using a 48V mild-hybrid setup, this lowers CO2-emissions by up to 10 g/km compared with the predecessor generation. Meanwhile, the power and torque numbers are increased by up to nine per cent. For example, the best A4 2.0 TDI currently makes 190bhp.
As diesel refuses to die in Europe, the A5 facelift is likely to receive the 286bhp version of the 3.0 TDI. Expect all these changes to also affect the coupe and the convertible model.