Audi has just taken the wraps off the A5 Sportback, which is essentially an A5 Coupe with two extra doors and a hatchback, or an A4 Sedan with a hatch and A5 styling — it's all a matter of interpretation.
With its on-sale date still a little while away, Audi's playfully teasing us with information about the Sportback, but we don't envision it featuring anything that is gee-whiz wonderful or cutting-edge that will cause its A4 and A5 cousins to shrink into a corner and turn a bright shade of burning red. Naturally, we'll update this photo gallery when more details present themselves.
Luxury car makers are once again discovering the beauty of hatchbacks, but are loathe to call them that because hatchback is such a proletarian term and more becoming of someone in a Yaris than an Audi. Hence the creative destruction of English via terms like "Sportback" and "progressive activity sedan".
Walter de'Silva, currently chief designer in the VW Group, once said that the A5 Coupe was the most beautiful car he had ever designed. Given that his pen was also involved in creating the Alfa Romeo 156 we'd demur.
It's not only the Germans who are guilty of calling an apple an orange. Mazda did this in Japan many moons ago when it christened its 323 hatchback the Lantis Coupe. We know it's rakish and quite sexy — and, yes, a friend of