Preceding its official debut at next month's Paris Auto Show, the 2017 Audi A5 Sportback -- along with its S5 Sportback counterpart -- is revealed through the following preview images. The car features styling reminiscent of the new Audi Coupe, highlighted by the trademark hexagonal grille, complemented by a redesigned bumper with new fog light clusters. It's supported by the same MLB platform as the Coupe, though the wheelbase has been lengthened from 2,764 mm to 2,824 mm, and the overall weight reduced by 187.4 lbs to just 3,240.8 lbs.
In terms of powertrain, the g-tron entry-level model is powered by a 2.0-liter TFSI engine, good for 167 hp and 270 Nm of torque. It's joined by two additional variants with the same engine, delivering 187 hp/320 Nm and 248 hp/370 Nm of torque. Finally, the 2017 S5 Sportback boasts a 3.0-liter TFSI engine, generating 348 hp and 500 Nm of torque.
Inside, there's a Virtual Cockpit, which replaces the gauge cluster with a huge, reconfigurable screen. Optional tech includes 4G LTE modem with Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity, and the various safety systems include autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, parking assist, blind spot monitoring and lane keep assist. The cars launch in Europe at the start of next year.