Updated “B9.5” Audi A5 Cabriolet Spied Testing

The latest Audi test mule to be spied out and about in winter testing is the A5 Cabriolet. This blacked out Cabriolet wears cladding around the expected change points, though still reveals some key details about the soon-to-come update for Audi’s B-segment coupé, Cabriolet and Sportback.

For starters, those likely LED Matrix beam headlights appear to be different, using more black in their housings. The grille and secondary fascia grilles show the hexagonal patterning we’ve seen in recently updated models like the TT range. Though this mule does roll on previous-generation S5 wheels, we’d expect a slightly different and grey grille if this were an S5 Cabriolet, not to mention different exhaust tips at the rear.

Other changes we’re hoping to see are hard to nail down. For instance, whether or not the B9.5 cars will make use of the 48-volt light hybrid drivetrain or MMI Touch system as shown in the most recent A6, A7, A8 and Q8 remains to be seen and isn’t exactly revealed in these photos as we lack an interior shot. Some might suggest the center screen visible in these shots confirms the car’s MMI system may very well carry over from the old car. While that may be true, it is worth noting that the screen in this car looks larger and slightly different with squared off corners than the rounded corner smaller units with silver brightwork that resides in the current B9 cars. Beyond that, we really can’t see much.

Out since 2017, the current B9 A5 family is due for its scheduled mid-lifecycle “B9.5” freshening soon, and the debut of that is expected by later this year and possibly in time for MY2020 A5s to reflect those changes.

See more photos of this test mule in the photo gallery below.