Presented in the Audi Live virtual car launch in Singapore, the Audi A5 now feature a new, tauter look. All variants – the Coupé, Sportback, and Cabriolet – get the cutting-edge MMI touch operating concept. The mild hybrid technology offers greater comfort while also reducing fuel consumption. Priced from $199,900, the Audi A5 range is now available at the Audi Centre Singapore.
Sporty look: the exterior design
Elements of the new design language from the full-size class characterize the sporty aesthetics of the updated Audi A5. Even the first generation from 2007 fascinated with its sporty and harmonious body line. The second generation from 2016 added new, sharper accents. Now Audi has significantly revised the exterior, with the front end, in particular, exuding an even more powerful resolve. The Singleframe with the honeycomb grille is flatter and somewhat wider. Ventilation slits above the grille are reminiscent of the classic Audi Sport quattro from 1984. A bold blade forms the lower edge of the bumper, which features larger air inlets. A new sill provides for a slimmer appearance when viewed from the side; a diffuser insert with trapezoidal tailpipes makes the back of the car look wider.
All body and engine variants in the A5 product line roll off the assembly line with LED headlights and LED rear lights featuring dynamic turn indicators as standard equipment for Singapore. On request, Matrix LED headlights can be ordered. Horizontal lines dominate the interior of the A5 models.
With its new MMI touch system, the highly connected Audi A5 offers a user experience similar to a contemporary smartphone. A 10.1-inch touch display with acoustic feedback replaces the rotary pushbutton used in previous models. The graphics are clean and reduced; the menu structure reflects the expectations of the user. The MMI search is based on free text input and returns relevant hits very rapidly. Natural-language voice control understands many formulations from everyday speech. In Singapore, the range comes standard with the top of the line MMI navigation plus infotainment control center.
New functions also make navigation intelligent and intuitive by suggesting routes previously driven. The myAudi app connects the car with the customer’s smartphone. The standard personalization allows the creation of as many as seven different user profiles for storing personal settings and preferences.
The updated Audi A5 uses a new main unit with increased computing power – the third-generation modular infotainment platform (MIB 3). The driver controls the full-HD, 12.3-inch display (1,920 x 720 pixels) of the Audi virtual cockpit via the multifunction steering wheel and can choose between three views. With functions on demand, the customer will be able to access their car functions at any time using the myAudi app.
Powerful, sophisticated, efficient: the drive system
The updated Audi A5 range is launched in Singapore with an updated 2.0 TFSI engine in two state of tune, a 150 hp and a 190 hp, exclusively paired with an efficient and direct shifting seven-speed S tronic transmission. Both powertrains feature the mild hybrid system (MHEV) integrated into the 12-volt electrical system. Central to the mild hybrid system is the belt alternator starter (BAS), which is connected to the crankshaft.
The Audi A5 is able to coast with the engine switched off between 55 and 160 km/h. During this time, the lithium-ion battery powers the electrical consumers. The start-stop range operates from as low as 22 km/h. When the accelerator is depressed, the BAS restarts the engine quickly and smoothly. When stopped, this happens while the brake pedal is still depressed as soon as the vehicle in front begins to move. In real-world, everyday operation, the MHEV system can reduce fuel consumption by up to 0.3 liters per 100 kilometers according to Audi measurements.
The members of the updated Audi A5 range are now available at Audi Centre Singapore with a starting recommended retail price of $199,900, inclusive of COE and VES.