Previously, both five door coupe models have been equipped with just two rear seatbelts. Now there are three lap-sash belts and child seat anchorage points across both models’ rear pews.
A similar spec change was made to BMW’s X6 five door coupe SUV in 2012, with a fifth seat becoming a cost option. The A5 and A7 Sportbacks’ fifth seat is standard however.
In addition to this accommodation upgrade, six cylinder A5 Sportback models gain a memory function for the driver’s side electric seat adjustment, along with heated door mirrors with auto-dimming, reverse-dipping, and folding functions.
Aside from the fifth seat, both A7 engine options gain boosted outputs for 2013, with the supercharged 3.0 litre petrol V6 rising 8kW for a total of 228kW, and the 3.0 litre turbodiesel V6 now producing 580Nm (up 80Nm).
The turbodiesel’s increased torque also accompanies the eight speed ZF-sourced torque converter automatic transmission found in the Q5, Q7, and A8 lineups.
Replacing the earlier seven speed dual-clutch unit, the eight speed upgrade has allowed a slight improvement in fuel consumption, dropping 0.1l/100km to 5.9l/100km.
Pricing has dropped for both diesel and petrol A7 models, with the diesel now $7000 cheaper at $135,750 (MLP), and the petrol $3500 less at $143,800 (MLP).
A new twin-turbodiesel 3.0 A7 option will join the local lineup in February, which is expected to slot between the two existing models new prices.
The smaller A5 Sportback’s pricing is unchanged, with the range kicking off at $66,900 (MLP) for the turbocharged 1.8 litre petrol model, and topped by the $100,300 (MLP) 3.0 litre supercharged petrol Quattro.