At the beginning of the year, Audi India had specified that it will be launching 10 cars in India this year and while there have been a whole bunch of launches from the carmaker, there's more to come. In the coming months, Audi is gearing up to launch the A5 in India and will offer it in two body types - Cabriolet and Sportback. The second generation of the A5 will launch on October 5. Now, it's not that the A5 was never in India. It technically was, but was only available in the S5 Sportback avatar, which in fact, we've already driven and have told you all about it. (Read: Audi A5 Diesel Sportback, A5 Cabriolet, S5 Sportback Launched In India)
Also Read: 2017 Audi A5 Cabriolet Review
This time around though the second generation model will be available in the Cabriolet and Sportback body styles and this is probably done to make things a little more interesting. The next-gen A5 is based on the new A4, which is why we think that it'll borrow most of the tech from it. The second generation of the four-door coupe features a stretched wheelbase, short overhangs, wraparound domed hood, and a single frame grille. The grille is flatter and wider than its predecessor and this brings out the character of the car.
We drove the Audi A5 Cabriolet early this year
The shoulder line is deeply accentuated with a protruding double crease traveling just above the door handles. The rear is shapely with the focal point being the arched luggage lid and it comes with a spoiler edge too. The cabin is a familiar one and carried over from the new A4 sedan, however, the new A5 has grown and how. It's longer by 17 mm, while driver and passenger's shoulder room is up 11 mm. Rear knee room has also been increased by 24 mm more while the wheelbase stands at 2,824 mm.
Internationally, the A5 is available in two TFSI (petrol) and three TDI (diesel) engines. They will produce between 190bhp and 286bhp. The most powerful version is the S5 with its turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine that produces 354bhp which is 21bhp more than the outgoing S5. A sprint from standstill to 100km/h will take just 4.7 seconds while top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h. But we think that it will be the 2-litre petrol and diesel motor that will make its way to India
The A5 Cabriolet will rival the Mercedes C300 Cabriolet but the Coupe and Sportback have no real direct competition in the segment.