Audi’s A5 household at present consists of coupe, convertible, and hatchback physique types, however a brand new A5 Avant wagon is predicted to affix the fray for the subsequent era. Avant is the title Audi makes use of for the wagon physique fashion.
Prototypes for the A5 Avant wagon have been noticed previously, and a brand new check car that appears to be for a high-performance RS 5 variant has simply surfaced. Prototypes for the sporty S5 Avant have additionally been noticed previously.
The RS 5 Avant will exchange the present RS 4 Avant bought abroad as a part of a shift in Audi’s naming technique. The brand new technique, introduced final yr, will see fashions with internal-combustion engines characteristic an odd quantity of their names, and the names of electrical fashions characteristic an excellent quantity. It means the subsequent A4 can be an electrical car.
We all know the most recent prototype is for an RS 5 Avant and never the common A5 Avant due to the additional intakes within the entrance fascia, the vast fenders housing a widened observe, the massive cross-drilled brake rotors, and the cutouts within the rear fascia to suit signature RS oval exhaust suggestions. The exhaust tips about the prototype look to be momentary items solely.
2026 Audi RS 5 Avant spy photographs – Picture credit score: Baldauf
The prototype additionally sports activities each a gas filler cap and a charging port on the driving force’s facet, in keeping with our photographer, indicating a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Yellow warning stickers within the windscreen additionally point out some type of electrification.
It is not clear what’s deliberate for the powertrain however rumors level to the twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6 of the present RS 5 getting paired with an electrical drive system. The present RS 5 delivers 444 hp however the subsequent one ought to have considerably extra energy to problem the 671 hp of the Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 S E Efficiency, which can also be a plug-in hybrid.
Whereas the brand new A5 Avant and S5 Avant ought to debut later this yr, the RS 5 Avant is prone to arrive subsequent yr, on the earliest.
Audi has additionally been noticed testing the next-generation A5 in its hatchback physique fashion. It is not clear whether or not the automaker will launch new variations of the A5 coupe and convertible, because of sluggish gross sales for the two-door fashions.