2017 Audi A5 Cabriolet

Audi has finally completed the A5 lineup with the release of
the Cabriolet. The 2017 Audi A5 Cabriolet, and its a stronger
twin brother S5 cabriolet will make an official public debut at
the LA Motor Show. After the automaker unveiled the Coupe and
Sportback versions of the A5, it was only a matter of time
before the automaker revealed the face of the drop-top version.
The model’s design is based on the coupe. Read along to find
out more:

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2017 Audi A5 Cabriolet Exterior

Except for the drop-top roof, the cabriolet is identical to the
Coupe. In addition, both vehicles are of the same size. Like
the coupe, the cabriolet is based on the MLB Evolution
platform, which enhances its rigidity. Below the waistline, the
cabriolet is identical to the coupe.

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At the front, the cabriolet retains the single frame grille
similar to that of the coupe. The grille is wider and flatter
than on the outgoing model. Its hood retains the same power
dome and muscular lines. Flanking the grille are Xenon
headlights as standard with an option for LED or Matrix units
that feature dynamic turn signals. The bumper features sharper
lines.

The flanks look unchanged. However, the rear looks sportier
than that of the outgoing model courtesy of new horizontal
lines that make it appear wider despite it being actually
narrower than the previous version. The rear window is flatter.
The rear also features modified LED taillights as standard.
Dimension-wise, the cabriolet is longer than the outgoing
model. It stretches 15.3, inches long (1.9 inches longer than
its predecessor).

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2017 Audi A5 Cabriolet Interior

The interior of the cabriolet has been completely overhauled.
The automaker has replaced all outdated features on the
outgoing model with the latest equipment in the industry. The
cabin itself is much roomier than that of the outgoing model.
This is courtesy of the extra 0.6-inch wheelbase. As a result,
shoulder room for front passengers has increased by an inch
while knee room for rear passengers has increased by 0.7
inches. The new design derives its inspiration from its Coupe
sister.

To start with, the model features a new dashboard that features
a continuous air vent strip. The Cabriolets center console is
cleaner while its steering wheel now features revised buttons.
In addition, the model’s infotainment system comes with a
bigger, freestanding screen. There is also a new air
conditioning system.

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Tech-wise, the cabriolet comes with a 12.3-inch TFT screen in
place of the traditional instrument cluster. Another screen, a
7.0-inch tablet screen is mounted atop the dash. The model’s
infotainment system is operated via a touch pad or a rotary
button on the center tunnel.
A MMI Navigation Plus package is offered as an option. It
features onboard SIM card for free web access. It adds a Wi-Fi
hotspot that supports 8 devices. Android Auto, Apple CarPlay,
Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports are offered as standard
features. Inductive Smartphone charging and a premium Bang and
Olufsen audio system are optional.

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Cabriolets are not made for practicability. As such, the model
offers only 13.4 cubic feet of cargo space when the soft top is
up. The roof features a modified canvas with a new insulation
material to make the cabin quieter. The roof opens and closes
in only 15-18 seconds during speeds of up to 31 mph.

Safety-wise, the cabriolet features additional struts and
reinforced sills. There are also head-thorax airbags and
aluminum pylons that extend automatically in case of a rollover
to ensure safety of occupants. The model also features
collision avoidance assist system, parking assist, exit
warning, rear cross traffic warning system, traffic signals
recognition, active lane assist and blind-spot monitoring among
others.  There is also an option for Audi’s connect and
safety & service package that adds online roadside
assistance, auto emergency call and service request. The
package also adds various remote features via the MMI connect
app.

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Engine Specs and performance

Like the previous models, the cabriolet will share its engines
with the A5
Coupe.  The first mill on offer is a 2.0 L TFSI mill
good for 252 hp. The next engine is a 2.0L, TDI good for 190
hp. Further up is a 3.0 L, TDI engine good for 218 horses.
There is also a 2.0 L, TFSI engine capable of 190 horses as
well as a 3.0 L, TDI engine that is good for 286 horses. The
engine have been modified to produce around 17% more
power  are 22% more fuel-efficient compared to the
predecessor.

The engines are paired to either a 6 speed manual gearbox, a
7-speed S tronic dual clutch transmission system or an speed
tiptronic system. Front wheel drive is standard but the
automakers Quattro all wheel drive system that features Ultra
technology and a permanent AWD system are offered as optional
features. A permanent AWD system is however standard for the
3.0 L, 286 hp TDI engine.

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Price and release date

Audi is yet to release official price information of the 2017
Audi A5 Cabriolet in the US. However, I don’t anticipate any
significant changes. Currently, the Cabriolet starts at $47,900
for the base trim and can rise to as much as $50,200 for the
Premium Plus trim.

In the European market, the cabriolet starts from €49,350. The
A5 Cabriolet will first go on sale in Europe in March of next
year with the car arriving in the US market in the second half
of 2017.

 

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2017 Audi S5 and A5 Cabriolet

Competition

The 2017 Audi A5 Cabriolet top rivals come from its traditional
rivals Mercedes and BMW in the likes of Mercedes-Benz 
C-Class Convertible and BMW 4 Series Convertible.