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:
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.
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).
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 The automaker has replaced all outdated features on the outgoing model with the latest equipment in the industry.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.