Audi S5 Sportback Facelift To Usher In Sportier Styling, Larger Infotainment Screen

Audi is putting the finishing touches on a facelift for the A5, S5 and RS5 family and now we’re getting a glimpse inside.

Looking instantly recognizable, the cabin of this prototype features a familiar design as a majority of the switchgear and components carryover. However, the car has been equipped with a larger touchscreen infotainment system which echoes the one used on the facelifted A4.

While nothing is official, the screen likely measures 10.1 inches and runs new software that features streamlined menus and support for natural-language voice control. These updates are an improvement over the current system which has an 8.3-inch display and software that is starting to feel a bit dated.

Besides the new screen, the rotary controller on the center console has been removed. It will likely be replaced by a new MMI touch display with acoustic feedback.

Bigger changes occur outside as the S5 Sportback adopts a bolder Singleframe grille with a honeycomb mesh insert. The model also has new headlights and a modified bumper with sportier air intakes.

Out back, there isn’t much to see but designers have installed a new rear bumper which appears a tad more aggressive. The taillights have also been updated, but the changes are barely noticeable.

While Audi hasn’t said much about the car, the S5 recently gained a new diesel engine in Europe. It’s a 3.0-liter V6 that produces 342 hp (255 kW / 347 PS) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque. It enables the current S5 Sportback to accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 4.9 seconds, before hitting a limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

Also Read: Audi S5 Range Gets A 342HP Diesel With An Electric Compressor In Europe

In other markets, we can expect a familiar 3.0-liter TFSI V6 with 349 hp (260 kW / 354 PS) and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque. It is paired to an eight-speed tiptronic transmission and a quattro all-wheel drive system, just like the TDI variant.

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Picture credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for Carscoops

  • Nordschleife

    So just like the A4 interior that is shares with the…………A4?

  • Dude

    That tablet is big but it’s still really classy and it’s better than having a dual screen layout where you have to semi-blindly touch around to find your climate controls

  • Arct1c

    I like this interior better than the new Q7’s and Q8’s style that a lot of new Audi’s are getting, but I wish the screen was more integrated into the dash like the Lexus RC/RCF/IS interior. Some of the new Mercedes screens (like the E Class’s) are stuck on but it looks better integrated with the rest of the dash. The A5/A4 tacked on screen just looks cheap.

    • botornot387

      This is a refresh, so the engineering costs are restricted to create that type of change. Also, if you have driven any of these models, you won’t even notice it. The pictures make it look dramatic, but in the real world it sits in your natural line of sight for the driver.

  • Bash

    What is that big red button and does it do?. I always see in all interior spy shots but never knew the purpose of it.

    • Matt

      It’s an emergency battery cut-off. Remember they are still testing systems so they install safeguards.

    • Hi I am Zako

      That’s the button to eject the passenger seat in case if you don’t like the one sitting next to you.

  • Bonzomatic

    I still don’t understand the 4 door A5/S5. Just buy a 4 or 6 model if you want 4 doors.

    • nastinupe

      When trunk space tumps back seat space. The trunk is SUV sized. Perfect for a person with one kid. Especially like a 6 – 12 year old, that doesn’t need a lot of seat space in the back but needs truck space for trips and hauling stuff.

      • Bonzomatic

        So get a crossover…

        • therealsybarite

          yes. because S5 and a crossover are one and the same. wtf?!

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