Audi is all set to unveil its second generation Audi A5 Cabriolet at the 2017 LA motor show in a fortnight from now.
However, the Germans have already given a sneak peek into the vehicle which will be competing against the likes of the Mercedes Benz C class convertibles and BMW 4-series. Audi recently came up with the new generation of the Audi A5 in a coupe and five-door versions. The arrival of the cabriolet completes the list of vehicles in this lineup.
The upcoming model will be 1.9 inches longer in terms of the overall length and a 0.6 inches wider in terms of the wheelbase compared to the predecessor. Just like the other models in the Audi range, the second generation Audi A5 Cabriolet comes with a move that can open in just 15 seconds and close in 18 seconds. All this can be done while on the move at speeds of up to 31 mph. More compact placing of the seats is expected to liberate around 0.7 inches of additional knee room in the rear while also offering 60 liters of additional boot space compared to the previous version.
Automatic boot lid will be available as a standard option on the Audi A5 Cabriolet. As a convenience element, the model will now bring the gesture control to the boot lid. The gestures have proven to be very useful on other vehicles especially when the hands are full of luggage. As ever, the Audi A5 Cabriolet will provide a whole host of safety features like Lane departure warning, several airbags, and emergency brake assist.
In terms of convenience, the new vehicle is expected to come with a 12.5-inch screen in place of the regular instrument cluster as seen in the recent Audi models. Called as the ‘virtual cockpit,’ the digital display allows the driver to either place the navigation information or vehicle information in the instrument panel making it much more customizable.
In terms of the powertrain, the Audi A5 Cabriolet will not be deviating from the engine is available in European markets. As a result, it will come with a 2.0 TFSI engine with 252 bhp and a 2.0 TDI with 190 bhp on board. For those who want more power, a 3.0 TFSI V6 with 354 bhp is expected to be available at a later stage in the S5 Cabriolet variant. A 3.0 TDI V6 with 286 bhp is expected to join up shortly.