The upcoming Audi Q5 Sportback has been snapped by photographers at the Nurburgring race track in Germany, wearing what appears to be its final production body under a thin disguise.

    Following in the tyre tracks of the smaller Q3 Sportback as well as the larger e-tron Sportback, the Q5 Sportback will don a sloping roofline and fastback tailgate compared to the standard model, with unique panels from the B-pillar rearward.

    With the unique bodywork in mind, also expect minor revisions to the vehicle’s dimensions – perhaps some extra length and a shorter height to compensate for the roofline – as well as a more sporting focus visually and under the skin.

    The Q5 Sportback will likely run a firmer suspension tune than the Q5 SUV, regardless of whether it’s in standard or sportier S line forms. Should it be offered in Australia, we’ll likely just get an S line version.

    As for the interior, the Q5 Sportback should be pretty much identical to the facelifted Q5 (due here in 2021) in terms of overall design, with the latest MIB3 infotainment software and large displays for the virtual cockpit and MMI systems – measuring 12.3 inches and 10.1 inches respectively.

    Powertrains will also largely mirror its wagon-bodied sibling, meaning a range of four- and six-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel engines will be offered depending on market, with 48V mild-hybrid tech also thrown in on select variants.

    The six-cylinder range should also include high-output SQ5 TFSI and TDI models, though it’s unclear whether the Q5 will get an RS variant to take on the likes of the BMW X3 M/X4 M and Mercedes-AMG GLC63 S.

    Speaking of rivals, the Q5 Sportback’s natural competitors include the BMW X4 and Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe, with the sexy Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Jaguar F-Pace also in the mix.

    We’re expecting the Q5 Sportback to be revealed in the coming months, ahead of a global sales launch either very late in 2020 or early in 2021.

    As for Australia, it seems the general wait times for new Audi models can be up to 12 months post their introduction in Europe, meaning we likely won’t see it here until the back end of 2021 should it be offered.

    Stay tuned to CarExpert for all the latest, and let us know whether you’d prefer a Q5 Sportback over an X4 or GLE Coupe in the comments below.

    James Wong

    James Wong is the Production Editor at CarExpert based in Melbourne, Australia. With experience on both media and manufacturer sides of the industry, James has a specialty for product knowledge which stems from a life-long obsession with cars. James is a Monash University journalism graduate, an avid tennis player, and the proud charity ambassador for Drive Against Depression – an organisation that supports mental wellness through the freedom of driving and the love of cars. He's also the proud father of Freddy, a 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI .

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