Audi has unwrapped the new Q5 Sportback, handing its conventional crossover an in-vogue coupé-like roofline.

In July 2019, the Ingolstadt-based firm gave its Q3 model the Sportback treatment and now it’s done the same with the larger Q5. The newcomer will take on the likes of the BMW X4 and Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupé.

Audi says its new Q5 Sportback will appeal to customers who appreciate “family-friendly utility” but also “admire the expressive and distinctive design of more purebred sportscars”.

Measuring around 4 690 mm from nose to tail, the Q5 Sportback is some 7 mm longer than the conventional (recently facelifted) body style. Audi says its height and width are identical to that of the Q5, but points out its coefficient of drag is lower at 0,30.

As you’d expect, the cabin architecture is largely lifted from the Q5, with a freestanding 10,1-inch MMI display and the 12,3-inch virtual cockpit dominating proceedings. Audi says a powered tailgate provides access to some 510 litres of luggage space (for the record, Audi claims a figure of 550 for the standard model), which increases to a claimed 1 480 litres with the rear bench folded down.

While we can expect the Q5 Sportback engine range to largely mirror that of the standard Q5 line-up, Audi in Europe has already confirmed an SQ5 Sportback – with its 255 kW twin-turbo 3,0-litre V6 TDI – is on the cards.

Original article from Car