The updated Audi A5 and S5 line-up has been revealed for the 2019 Frankfurt motor show, sporting revised looks and new infotainment across the range, earmarked for a second quarter launch in 2020.
Pitched as an "even more powerful resolve", the front-end sees a flatter and wider interpretation of Audi's Singleframe grille, new detailing in the bumper, and ventilation slits above the grille reminiscent of the 1984 Audi Sport quattro. There's also a new LED daytime-running light signature up front.
The rear has been treated so some updates, too, most notably the revised LED tail-light signature to match the front, while a new rear bumper with diffuser insert and trapezoidal tailpipe finishers help to make the vehicle appear wider.
LED headlights are standard across the range in Europe, with Matrix LED units with dynamic indicators to be offered as an option.
A total of 12 exterior finishes will also be available, including a new 'shade distinct green metallic' (pictured top).
Two optional exterior appearance lines will be available for the A5 – advanced and S line.
Inside, the biggest changes revolve around the new MMI touch infotainment system. The upgraded setup incorporates a larger 10.1-inch touchscreen display with acoustic feedback running the Volkswagen Group's new MIB3 interface, also removing the outgoing touchpad and rotary dial.
Audi says the new system gains a natural voice control recognition function, along with new features like navigation that suggests routes based on previous drives.
"Audi connect and Audi connect plus comprise a multitude of online services, including online traffic sign and hazard information, on-street parking and the Car-to-X service traffic light information, which Audi launched in Ingolstadt this July. It connects the car to the city’s central computer that controls the traffic lights," the company says in its press kit.
The new A5 is also available with the optional digital Audi connect key, which allows compatible Android devices to be used as a vehicle key that can unlock the doors and start the engine.
A revised version of Audi's 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit digital instrument binnacle features too, while the company is rolling out a new subscription model for various features via the myAudi smartphone app.
Customers will be able to choose several functions on demand that can be added in monthly, yearly or unlimited subscriptions.
Functions include navigation MMI plus, DAB+ digital radio, and Audi smartphone interface (Apple CarPlay/Android Auto).
Beyond those available features, the new A5 can also be had with Audi phone box (wireless charging) and an optional Bang & Olufsen premium sound system.
Under the bonnet, the A5 range will be available with a selection of four- and six-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, all of which comply with the latest Euro 6d-temp emissions regulations.
Four of these powertrains will be equipped with mild-hybrid technology, enhances fuel efficiency by cutting consumption by as much as 0.4L/100km in everyday operation, according to Audi.
All versions of the A5 come equipped with an automatic transmission as standard, either a seven-speed S tronic or eight-speed 'tiptronic' with torque converter.
Front-wheel drive is standard, with quattro all-wheel drive optional on lower-spec variants and standard on the three most powerful engine derivatives.
The Audi S5 has also received a refresh, available in 3.0 TDI and 3.0 TFSI versions depending on market.
Available in all three body styles, the S5 TDI is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel with mild-hybrid tech, boasting outputs of 255kW and 700Nm channelled to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic.
The company claims the S5 TDI can sprint from 0-100 in "under 5.0 seconds", while using just 6.1-6.2L/100km in Coupe guise. Top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h.
Meanwhile, the S5 TFSI versions of the Coupe and Sportback offered in "markets outside Europe" get a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 with 260kW and 500Nm. With this engine, the S5 Coupe takes just 4.7 seconds to hit triple figures.
The facelifted Audi A5 and S5 range are due to launch in Europe during the fall of 2019, starting from €42,900 ($69,100) for the entry-level 40 TFSI Coupe with mild-hybrid tech. Germany will see the S5 Coupe available from €66,500 ($107,113).
At launch European customers will be able to order the limited-run A5 edition one, which brings extra kit like sport suspension, S line exterior package, contrasting black roof, along with the choice of 'design' or 'S line' interior trimmings.
All versions of the A5 and S5 will make their debut at the Frankfurt motor show this week.
Audi's local division says it's 'expecting' the updated A5 and S5 range to arrive during the second quarter of 2020.
Final pricing and specifications will be announced closer to launch, so stay tuned to CarAdvice for all the latest.
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