The 2021 Audi Q5 Sportback is unveiled during an online presentation.
The word Sportback is not new at Audi. We've had the Sportback version of the A5 model for a few years now, Audi recently presented a Sportback version of its Q4 SUV, which is set to debut here next year, and Europe also has a Q3 Sportback. At the tail end of last week, the German manufacturer presented the coupe variant of its most popular model, the Q5.
A trend's a trend
Those who follow the comings and goings of the automotive industry know that German automakers are engaged in a mighty battle, and that each is intent on matching the others, model for model. The Sportback version of the Q5 is thus no surprise, and it represents Audi’s equivalent to the BMW X4 and to Mercedes-Benz' GLC coupe.
It consists essentially of the same structure as the Q5, but with a visual difference behind the B-pillar, at which point the roof takes on a more rounded and dynamic shape. In its virtual presentation to invited media, Audi estimated that a third of its Q5 sales could come from Sportback models. "A vehicle for the couple who don't yet have children or for whose children have left home," said Quebecer Dany Garand, one of the Design team behind the model.