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More spyshots of the upcoming 2017 Audi A5 Coupe have surfaced thanks to our European spies. This time, the second generation of Ingolstadt’s coupe is seen frolicking in the snow while wearing the obligatory swirly camouflage.

Like its four-door sibling, the new B9 Audi A4, the new A5’s design looks to be more evolutionary rather than a complete overhaul. The Singleframe grille now appears to be slightly smaller, with sleeker looking head- and tail lights as well, which appear to adopt boomerang-shaped graphics. The car’s rear flanks also project a more muscular outlook but beyond that, the shape appears similar to the current coupe.

However, what you don’t see are the changes underneath. Like the fifth-gen Audi A4, the upcoming A5 is expected to ride on Audi’s fresh MLB Evo platform, which also serves to underpin the new Audi Q7 as well. As both models benefitted from weight savings (A4 lost up to 120 kg; Q7 up to 325 kg) thanks to the architecture, the A5 should be lighter on the scales as well.

The estimated drop in heft should be accompanied with a line-up of familiar engines, with turbocharged TFSI and TDI options mated to a choice of six-speed manual, eight-speed automatic and seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmissions, with front- or quattro four-wheel drive options.

When it debuts, the new Audi A5 Coupe will renew its rivalry with the BMW 4 Series, new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe, Lexus RC and upcoming Infiniti Q60.