2019 Frankfurt Motor Show Archive

  • Mercedes-AMG A45 engine to be used in larger models

    With up to 421 hp and 500 Nm of torque from just 2.0 litres of displacement, the new M139 turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the latest Mercedes-AMG A 45 and CLA 45 is an impressive piece of engineering. But having spent so much time and effort to extract these headline figures, surely it would be a waste to confine it to Stuttgart’s smallest models, wouldn’t it?

    Apparently Affalterbach feels the same way. Speaking to us at the Frankfurt Motor Show, AMG boss Tobias Moers confirmed that the engine won’t be limited to transverse applications. “The reason [why it makes so much power] is that we’re going to use that engine for further applications which are not necessarily east-west applications,” he said with a knowing smile.

    This means that the engine has been developed for longitudinal use as well, opening the door for its implementation in larger rear-wheel drive models. The possibilities are endless, though don’t expect a C 45 to appear anytime soon.

    The company makes no secret about the fact that it is heading down the path of electrification, with next-generation models set to feature hybrid powertrains. The M139, then, could play a big part of this push – augmented with a powerful electric motor, it may well make its way into AMG’s mid-tier 43 and 53 models, replacing their six-cylinder engines.

    Moers added that the power outputs of future 63 models like the E 63 will likely continue to hover around the 600 hp mark even with the use of more powerful hybrid systems. As such, these cars will probably feature smaller, less potent engines compared to the thundering 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 currently being utilised.

    Whatever it is, we won’t have to wait long before we’ll see the direction AMG will take for its future. Daimler chairman Ola Källenius told us the company will show “some ideas” for the brand later this year.

    GALLERY: Mercedes-AMG A 45 S 4Matic+ and CLA 45 S 4Matic+

  • Lego Technic 2020 Land Rover Defender debuts – 2,573 pieces, straight-six, low-range gearbox, RM900

    Alongside the full-sized 2020 Land Rover Defender, popular Danish toy brick maker Lego has also introduced the Lego Technic version of Solihull’s reborn off-roader, aiming to replicate the car’s standout features and accessories. Just like the real deal, this is a pretty hefty set, weighing in at 2,573 pieces.

    The Defender’s slab-sided design, seen here in short-wheelbase 90 form, makes for a fairly faithful recreation in brick form. All of the design cues have been ported over, including the slim grille, square headlights with large round cans, silver front bumper, prominent bonnet, squared-off wheel arches and upright glasshouse.

    The model – which measures 42 cm long, 20 cm wide and 22 cm tall – will be available in olive green, grey or black, with a contrasting white roof and the same six-spoke wheels available on the actual Defender. You’ll also be able to fit some of the neat accessories that Land Rover offers in its own catalogue.

    These include a working winch (though I’m not sure if it too can pull nearly twice its own weight), a side-mounted pannier and a roof ladder. The removable roof rack, on the other hand, holds all the gear you’ll need for a serious off-road adventure, including a storage box and traction mats.

    Inside, you’ll find four seats and a working steering wheel, and you can also twist the rear-mounted spare wheel to open the side-opening tailgate. Folding the rear seats forward, meanwhile, exposes the model’s party piece – a full working transmission.

    Lego says this is the most sophisticated Technic gearbox yet, even though it has half the ratios of the Defender’s ZF automatic – four speeds instead of eight. Still it has a low-range ratios and two levers to control them all, the latter you can’t find on the real thing.

    There’s also a moving straight-six engine that replicates the car’s 3.0 litre Ingenium petrol unit, which features a 48-volt mild hybrid system and produces 400 PS and 550 Nm of torque. The Lego Technic Defender will retail in stores globally on October 1, priced at RM899.90.

    GALLERY: 2020 Land Rover Defender at Frankfurt

  • X247 Mercedes-Benz GLB range displayed at Frankfurt

    Mercedes-Benz’s newest seven-seater compact SUV, the X247 GLB, is currently on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and we managed to photograph two variants, specifically the GLB 200 and the hot AMG GLB 35 4Matic.

    As the more practical and spacious alternative to the GLA, the GLB is the first Mercedes compact car to come with the option of seven seats. It measures 4,634 mm long, 1,834 mm wide and 1,658 mm (1,662 mm for the seven-seater version) tall, while its wheelbase is 2,829 mm long, which is a full 100 mm longer than the new B-Class.

    Powertrain options start from the Renault-derived 1.33 litre M282 turbocharged four-cylinder petrol in the GLB 200, producing 163 hp at 5,500 rpm and 250 Nm of torque from 1,600 to 4,200 rpm. It’s married to a Getrag-made seven-speed dual clutch transmission, enabling a zero to 100 km/h time of 9.1 seconds and a top speed of 207 km/h. Fuel consumption is rated between 6.0 and 6.2 litres per 100 km.

    Stepping up to the GLB 250 gets you an in-house 2.0 litre M260 mill with 224 hp at 5,800 rpm and 350 Nm from 1,800 to 4,000 rpm. With Mercedes’ new eight-speed 8G-DCT, it will get to 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds before hitting 236 km/h, whilst being capable of delivering 7.2 to 7.4 litres per 100 km.

    The current range-topper is the AMG GLB 35 4Matic, which is also powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol unit that’s fettled to make 306 PS from 5,800 to 6,100 rpm and 400 Nm of torque from 3,000 to 4,000 rpm. An AMG Performance 4Matic AWD system is present, but unlike the A 35 cars, the GLB 35 uses an eight-speed AMG Speedshift DCT dual-clutch transmission instead of a seven-speed unit.

    Performance-wise, the AMG GLB 35 will do the century sprint in 5.2 seconds, before reaching an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h. Average fuel consumption is 7.5 litres per 100 km following NEDC regulations.

    Design-wise, the boxy SUV features rectangular headlights flanking a six-point grille, while the side profile is dominated by the muscular shoulders, short overhangs, upright glasshouse and distinctive window line kink. The rectangular theme extends to the LED tail light graphics as well. Options include LED and Multibeam LED headlights, along with LED fog lights.

    Inside, the GLB’s cabin gets a more angular design approach, with a large cutout in the dash for the screen, as well as large tubular trim piece made out of aluminium-look plastic. The turbine-style air vents and the massive flatscreen display panel remain, as is the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system, which is available with mood-lifting Energising comfort control that can now link up with selected Garmin smartwatches to improve its precision.

    Third-row passengers get a one-touch Easy Entry function for better access to the seats, as well as twin cupholders and non-slip cubby holes, each with its own USB port.

    The AMG GLB 35, on the other hand, gets the customary go-fast AMG bits such as the Panamericana grille, two round exhaust pipes, AMG roof spoiler, the standard 19-inch AMG five-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels in tantalum grey (upgradable to 21-inch items), and the optional AMG Night package that adds on high-gloss black trim and black chrome-plated tailpipes.

    On the inside, red accents highlight the model’s sportiness, although this particular model on display gets white contrast stitching to go with the two-tone perforated leather seats. Carbon-fibre trimmings can be added as well, and the standard sport steering wheel can be upgraded to the AMG Performance steering wheel.

    As for driver assistance systems, the GLB gets Distronic adaptive cruise control that adapts the speed to corners, crossroads and roundabouts, plus automatic restarts if Active Parking Assist is selected. The Active Steering Assist function now also features Active Lane Change Assist that provides hands-free lane changes.

    GALLERY: X247 Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 4Matic

    GALLERY: X247 Mercedes-Benz GLB 200

  • Polestar 2 EV displayed at Frankfurt – 408 hp, 660 Nm!

    The Polestar 2 made its world debut earlier this year in February, and it’s currently being displayed at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Polestar 2 is basically the production version of the Volvo 40.2 concept from 2016, albeit designed exclusively to be a pure electric vehicle, rivalling the likes of the Tesla Model 3.

    The range-topping model is powered by a pair of electric motors, each producing 150 kW (204 hp) and 330 Nm of torque, are placed on each axle to provide all-wheel drive. Together, the system produces 300 kW (408 hp) and 660 Nm. That’s as powerful as Volvo’s T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid engine, but with an additional 20 Nm, allowing the Polestar 2 to sprint from zero to 100 km/h in under five seconds. With a 78 kWh battery, Polestar targets a range of up to 500 km on the new, more stringent WLTP cycle.

    It’s built on the same Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform as the Volvo XC40 and the Lynk & Co 01, 02 and 03, and the 27-module battery pack is integrated into the floor of the car, contributing to chassis rigidity. It also reduces noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) – road noise is said to be 3.7 dB lower compared to a conventional chassis.

    Inside, there’s a massive 11-inch portrait-format touchscreen, which is linked to a new Android-based infotainment system. It’s developed in collaboration with Google, featuring built-in Google Assistant voice control, Google Maps navigation (complete with charging station locations) and Google Play Store for additional apps.

    The Polestar 2 will feature a vegan interior as standard, with options including fabric and a new Weave Tech material that the company says is inspired by diving wetsuits. It’s water and dirt resistant, although you can also pick perforated Nappa leather if you so wish. There are also a number of trim options such as a 3D-etched polycarbonate and black ash wood.

    At launch, buyers can specify a Performance Pack that adds Öhlins dampers, Brembo brakes and 20-inch forged alloy wheels, plus gold accents including the seat belts, brake callipers and valve caps on the wheels. Pricing for the first 12 months will start at €39,900 (RM184,800), rising up to €59,900 (RM277,400) for the launch version with all the bells and whistles, and the car will also be available through subscription. Production will kick off in China in February next year.

    GALERY: Polestar 2 press photos

  • Audi AI:Trail quattro concept – off-road EV previewed

    Of the many cars that are being displayed at the ongoing Frankfurt Motor Show, the Audi AI:Trail quattro has to be one of the funkiest. Dubbed as the off-roader of the future, the four-seater electric vehicle is tailor made for the adventurous, which is why the cabin is void of big screens with fancy streaming tech.

    As the fourth Audi AI model to be introduced after the Audi Aicon, AI:Race (previously known as the PB18 e-tron), and AI:ME, the AI:Trail quattro looks like it was specifically made to tackle the unimaginably treacherous terrain on Mars.

    Now, let’s get down to the details. There are four electric motors installed near each wheel, thus enabling true quattro all-wheel drive. The maximum system output is rated at 429 PS (320 kW) and 1,000 Nm of torque, which is relatively low for a four-motor vehicle. The reason is because the AI:Trail is not made for extreme speeds, so in real world driving, only a fraction of the total system output will be used to drive one axle.

    Since the wheels are individually powered, there is no need for differentials and locks. Instead, computers determine how much power to send to the gears at any given time, and the onboard electronics also coordinate driving stability and traction. If slip is detected, the computer simply reduces torque supply to the affected wheel. Conversely, if the situation necessitates some slip, such as on low-grip uphill stretches, the system will automatically allow it.

    You must be wondering at this point, how is anyone supposed to charge an EV when it’s made specifically to explore areas without any charging infrastructure? Well, that’s where Audi steps in to flex – the integrated lithium-ion battery provides between 400 km to 500 km of range, which is achievable when driving on roads or easy off-road terrains. On rougher surfaces which demand more torque redistribution, the limit is 250 km. Not too shabby, right?

    In order to meet these requirements, the AI:Trail has a limited top speed of 80 mph (129 kmh). This help preserve battery charge levels, and the electronics continuously monitor energy flow and consumption, thereby ensuring maximum economy even during off-road driving. Structurally, it’s made from steel, aluminium and carbon-fibre, and despite the high-capacity battery (unspecified as yet), the AI:Trail weighs just 1,750 kg.

    On the outside, the AI:Trail is a mammoth. It measures 4.15 metres in length, has a width of 2.15 metres, is 1.67 metres tall and rides on massive 22-inch wheels shod with fat 850-mm tyres. It has a 340-mm ground clearance, and boasts a water wading depth of 500 mm. The height also prevents the battery (integrated into the floor) from coming into contact with the ground, especially on rocky terrain.

    It rides on bulky transverse links and MacPherson struts with coil springs and adaptive dampers, and the tyres with integrated supporting struts contribute a further 60 mm of suspension travel. Besides the obvious gains in off-road capability, this provides onboard passengers with greater ride comfort, Audi says. The tyres also feature variable, sensor-controlled air pressure regulation.

    The moon rover-esque concept features no front or rear overhangs, and this is called the one-box design, which Audi says is becoming the gold standard for the electric vehicle era. The adventure-centric design revolves around huge glass panels for an unobstructed view out. Almost the entire roof, from the top of the windscreen to the rear spoiler, is made of glass – even the vertical Singleframe is glazed, with only the four rings out front.

    Interestingly, both the windscreen and the tailgate can be opened wide, revealing cargo space. The rear bumper gets an integrated compartment for dirty items such as hiking boots, climbing gear or wet clothing. The side sills beneath the suicide doors hide retractable running boards, while horizontal wings above the four wheels take the place of conventional wheel wells, making it easier to see the suspension in action from the cockpit even while driving.

    Inside, the cabin is spacious and uncluttered, complete with just a handful of visible control elements. The front seats feature four-point seat belts, while the driver side gets pedals, a U-shaped steering wheel, and a smartphone attached to the steering column as a display and control centre for vehicular functions and navigation. That’s as far as interactive elements go.

    The second row features two seats designed like hammocks. Audi says they are good for relaxation in more ways than one, and they can even be taken out of the car to be used as mobile outdoor chairs.

    That’s not all. The AI:Trail features five rootless, triangular drones with integrated matrix LED elements as its illuminating source, all of which are capable of landing on a roof rack or directly on the roof of the vehicle, and docking onto the inductive charging elements. These are called Audi Light Pathfinders, which generate lift in the same way as blade-less fans produce their air flow.

    They are lightweight, therefore able to fly ahead of the car, consuming comparably little energy while illuminating the path ahead. The Light Pathfinders can also be used as a spotlight. That explains the lack of headlights now, doesn’t it? If desired, the onboard cameras generate a video image that can be transmitted to the display in front of the driver via Wi-Fi, turning the Pathfinders into eyes in the sky.

    Other features include the Audi Light Companion, which essentially is a light source shaped like a flashlight that is magnetically attached to the front side of the seat. Here, it acts as ambient lighting, but when taken out of the car, it can be used to stand the light in place and turn it into a campfire light or a close-range floodlight. It also features integrated cameras that can take photos or videos for you to upload to social media.

    The Audi Light Pathfinder drones in action

    Since it’s part of the Audi AI family, the AI:Trail is capable of Level 4 autonomous driving, although the functions are limited to highways or in cities equipped with suitable infrastructure. However, when traversing the beaten path, Level 3 automation with reduced speed can be executed, but it’s only possible on dirt roads at low speeds.

    Moving forward, customers will be able to order any of these specialist Audi models and have them leased for a limited period of time. These cars are also highly customisable, even for those who opt for the leasing plan. The exterior colour, interior details, and technical options can be pre-configured online with the app or via the driver details stored in the myAudi system. Even your preferred cabin temperature, seat adjustment, and music library will be activated as soon as you enter the car.

    In the words of Audi’s design chief, March Lichte: “With the AI:Trail, we are showing an off-road concept with an emissions-free electric drive for an innovative driving experience away from paved roads. Consistent with this, we designed a monolithic basic vehicle body with maximum glazing to create an intense connection to the surroundings. A concept for sustainable mobility on demand.” We’re not quite sure how to react to this, but boy that looks cool, no?

  • Honda e on display at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show – two outputs; priced from RM136,108 in Germany

    The Honda e was recently reveled in its final mass production form, and we’re now bringing you photos of the compact electric vehicle while it is on display at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show.

    First previewed by the Honda e Prototype earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show, the EV is powered by a 35.5 kWh lithium-ion battery positioned on the floor of the car, which provides up to 220 km of range on a single charge.

    The Honda e supports AC charging via a Type 2 connection, and the company is offering the Honda Power Charger with 7.4 kW (single-phase power supply) and 22 kW (three-phase power supply) outputs as one home charging solution. Honda says the latter will allow owners to charge their cars to 100% capacity in 4.1 hours.

    Alternatively, the EV can also be juiced up more quickly with DC charging using a CCS2 connection, with the company saying it’ll take just 30 minutes for battery to achieve an 80% state of charge.

    At the show, the company also revealed the Honda Power Manager Prototype, a fully-integrated energy transfer system that is a smaller version of a much larger charging station located at Honda’s R&D facility in Frankfurt.

    Operating on a DC current and with the option of CCS2 and CHAdeMO connections, the system manages energy between the grid, homes and electric vehicles, enabling the efficient usage and storage of energy. The bi-directional charger works by returning energy to the grid whilst the car is charging, which will help to stabilise the grid at times of short energy supply.

    Shifting our focus back on the Honda e, the powertrain also features an electric motor driving the rear axle, with two power outputs – 100 kW (136 PS) and 113 kW (154 PS) – available; maximum torque is rated at 315 Nm. In terms of performance, the Honda e will accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in approximately eight seconds.

    Meanwhile, the avantgarde interior is a mix of pleasant materials, colours and technology, the last of which is showcased by a five-screen setup dominating the dashboard.

    As previously detailed, the driver and front passenger have access to two primary 12.3-inch touchscreen displays, while the remaining three screens are dedicated to the side cameras (two six-inch units) as well as the driver’s eight-inch digital instrument cluster.

    Finally, pricing for the Honda e was also revealed, and in Germany, the EV will start from 29,470 euros (RM136,108) for the 100 kW version, with the 113 kW model costing 32,470 euros (RM149,964). Up until now, over 40,000 expressions of interest have been secured since the prototype made its debut, and first deliveries are slated for summer 2020.

  • Hyundai 45 EV Concept unveiled at the Frankfurt show

    Another day, another concept car. Here we have the Hyundai 45 Concept, a pure electric concept car that previews the Korean automaker’s take on its future cars. This particular model puts a twist on its 45-year-old icon, the 1974 Hyundai Pony Coupe Concept.

    There’s more to the number 45 than the name suggests – the diamond-shaped front and rear silhouette are cut at a 45-degree angle, a visual cue which Hyundai claims to foreshadow its future EV cars. This, it says, strips away complexity, celebrating the clean lines and minimalistic structure of the original coupe concept.

    Styled based on the Sensuous Sportiness design language, the 45 gets a distinctive lattice radiator grille with a ‘kinetic cube lamp’ design. No cascading grille here, so make of that what you will. Over to the back, the concept features a steep fastback profile, which signifies stability and dynamism. The tail lights take after the same style as the headlights, and the massive two-tone wheels complete the modern retro look.

    Other visual details include a special garnish on the bottom of the door which highlights the car’s long-distance battery capability, as well as active LED lights that inform the driver of the remaining drive range. These elements are said to be designed for someone who is experience an electric car for the first time.

    As typical of a concept car, there are no physical side mirrors, because Hyundai says they collect dirt over time and hampers visibility. Instead, they are replaced by embedded turntable modules, which rotate the camera lens past a brush to ensure perfect visibility at all times. Unseen to the eye is the Camera Monitoring System (CMS), which enables self-driving features.

    On the inside, the dominant theme is ‘Style Set Free’, otherwise known as Hyundai’s strategy for future mobility that emphasises personalisation of design and function. With that, the cabin becomes more of a living space, with swivelling front seats and ample use of wood, fabric and leather, much like home furnitures.

    Rear occupants benefit from a lounge chair-style bench, whereas the driver and front passenger get to fiddle with the projection-beam infotainment system. This replaces a single central touchscreen with a series of displays and functions integrated into the dashboard itself. The door pockets are large enough for tablets and laptops to be stored, and the material is transparent.

    As you would’ve guessed by now, the battery which provides power to the electric motor is stored underneath the carpeted floor, thus maximising interior space. So far, no technical details have been revealed as yet, so watch this space for more updates.

    GALLERY: Hyundai 45 EV Concept press photos

  • Hyundai i10 N Line gets 1.0L T-GDi – 100 PS, 172 Nm!

    It has just been over a week since the third-generation Hyundai i10 made its debut, and now the hotter i10 N Line joins the range with a more powerful engine and a sportier exterior kit. With this, the i10 becomes the fourth N Line model to be introduced after the i30 N Line, i30 Fastback N Line, and Tucson N Line.

    The big news here is the brand new 1.0 litre T-GDi three-cylinder engine that makes 100 PS and 172 Nm of torque, which is suitably more potent than the standard version’s 1.2 litre four-cylinder unit producing 84 PS and 118 Nm of torque.

    Based on early details, this hot little city runabout is only available with a five-speed manual transmission – the regular i10 gets a five-speed manual or a five-speed automated manual. For now, there’s no fuel efficiency nor performance figures for the i10 N Line just yet.

    On the design front, the i10 N Line gets trim-exclusive bumpers and grille with new LED daytime running lights, giving it a look that’s reminiscent of the original i30 N. The wheels are massive for a city car like this, measuring 16 inches in size and fills up the wheel wells almost completely.

    Other details include the customary N Line emblem, red i10 badge, skid plate and diffuser. Customers can choose from a total of six exterior colours, which of course can be matched with a two-toned roof.

    Inside, it gets N-branded steering wheel and gear shifter, as well as red highlights on the air vents and foot pedals. There are sports seats that offer more support for performance driving as well, and it does all this without compromising the practicality and comfort that comes with the standard i10. Not bad, isn’t it?

  • Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS debuts – concept electric flagship with over 470 hp, 760 Nm and 700 km range

    Mercedes-Benz’s all-electric EQ range currently only consists of the EQC SUV, but Stuttgart is keen to expand the lineup. That much was made clear with the unveiling of the Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS at the ongoing 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, previewing a new flagship electric sedan.

    The “S” in its name means that it’s the electric equivalent of the S-Class, and it rides on a new modular platform for medium and large-sized EVs, with a mix of steel, aluminium and carbon fibre in its construction. The sleek, almost monobox profile provides what the company calls a “one bow” look, and together with the massive wheels that have been pushed to the far corners, it belies the abundance of space inside.

    At the front, you’ll find the mask-like graphic that is becoming a signature of the EQ range, with a glassed-in “grille” tapering into the variable Digital Light headlights with twin holographic lenses. This “grille” is illuminated with 188 individual LEDs, which can be used to communicate with other road users.

    The car’s two-tone colour scheme is black above the shoulder line and silver at the bottom – split by a continuous “lightbelt” around the car – giving the illusion of a completely glazed upper surface. Moving to the rear of the car, the tail lights are made up of 229 tiny three-pointed stars, mirroring the livery of the F1 W10 EQ Power+ racer competing in this year’s Formula 1 season.

    As we saw in preview images last week, the spacious, airy interior – said to be inspired by luxury yachts – features four large, ornate seats upholstered in white Dinamica microfibre and finely-textured faux leather, bisected by a large centre console. The figured maple dashboard combines with the gloss black upper exterior panels to provide a continuous wraparound look.

    The dashboard is dominated by a floating portrait-format touchscreen linked to the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX), and if recent spyshots are any indication, the regular S-Class is set to go down that route too. More touchscreens can be found in each door, and there are also projection surfaces to deliver yet more information, plus Connected Light ambient lighting.

    Ahead of the driver sits a half rectangular steering wheel, even though Mercedes promises that the car will feature Level 3 semi-autonomous highway driving functionality. The company says that the modular sensor systems allow for an upgrade to fully-autonomous capabilities in the future. Vertical air vents, rose gold speaker covers and a jewel-like fragrance flask holder complete the interior.

    Power comes from a pair of motors that deliver over 350 kW (470 hp) and 760 Nm of torque to all four wheels, allowing the Vision EQS to sprint to 100 km/h in under 4.5 seconds. The large lithium-ion battery hidden within the floor enables a quoted range of up to 700 km on the new, more stringent WLTP cycle, and it is capable of charging up to 80% in less than 20 minutes via a 350 kW fast charging station.

    GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS press images

  • 2020 Audi A5, S5 facelift get updated looks and tech

    Exactly three years ago, Audi introduced the second-generation A5 Coupe and Sportback, then came the S5 and RS5 derivatives, the former which was just given an updated mild-hybrid powertrain earlier this year. Now, the entire range has been given a facelift, featuring updated looks and technology.

    To start off, the front fascia gets a wider and flatter Singleframe grille, which comes with either horizontal slats or honeycomb mesh, depending on the model. There’s also revised headlights with new LED daytime running light graphics, bolder fog lamp housing with integrated air inlets, as well as a bold blade that forms the lower edge of the bumper.

    Round the side, there’s a new sill that makes the car look slimmer, while the rear end gets new sequential LED tail lights and a new diffuser insert with trapezoidal tailpipes to emphasise width. The A5 comes with a choice of 12 exterior paint finishes, and all variants of the A5 will get LED headlights as standard. Audi’s Matrix LED headlights, as well as the Matrix LED headlights with laser light and sequential turn indicators, are optional.

    Inside, the cabin is suitably updated to match the changes on the 2020 Audi A4. New features include the updated, full HD 12.3-inch virtual cockpit, and a freestanding 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system with a new operating system and acoustic feedback, which frees up the clutter in the centre tunnel. The MMI search function is now based on text input and natural-language voice control.

    The range-topping MMI navigation plus system adds new navigational functions such as the ability to suggest routes based on those previously driven. Audi connect infotainment services are available too (upgradable on a three-month subscription basis), offering various web-based features such as up-to-the-minute news, Google Earth mapping and Street View and flight, weather, traffic and fuel pricing information. A head-up display is optional.

    For engines, the updated A5 models can be had with a range of TFSI and TDI engines, with outputs ranging from 163 PS to 347 PS. All engines are Euro 6d-temp emissions compliant. At launch, four models of the A5 will get the 12-volt mild-hybrid electrical system, whereas the S5 TDI will get the more powerful 48-volt electrical system. Both MHEV systems are said to improve fuel efficiency by up to 0.4 litres per 100 km, and offers quicker and smoother engine start-stop function.

    The engines are married to either a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch or eight-speed conventional automatic (tiptronic) transmissions, while the three most powerful engines in the line-up get quattro all-wheel drive as standard. Of course, the AWD system can be had as a cost option for mid-range models as well.

    To commemorate the occasion, Audi will introduce a special edition model for all Sportback and Coupe models, fitting them with sport suspension, S line exterior kit with blacked-out trims, and special paints such as quantum gray, Daytona gray with pearl effect, and district green metallic. For the interior, customers can choose between the design selection and S line packages.


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