As part of the Volkswagen Group, SEAT and Audi have access to each other’s products. This means that if SEAT wanted to, it could take on some models of the German premium carmaker and re-badge them as its own offerings. This has happened before, when the Spanish carmaker took on Audi’s A4, made some modifications and rebadged it as the SEAT Exeo.
There is a possibility that SEAT could do it again, but with another vehicle that’s part of Audi’s lineup. SEAT could build on the Audi A5, whose new generation has just been unveiled. That said, SEAT would be able to offer the coupe and convertible versions of the Audi A5 as its own models.
But before we wonder how the new Audi A5 coupe and cabriolet would look like when transformed into SEAT models, we could take a good look at the renderings made by visual artist X-Tomi. These renderings virtually spell out Audi A5 – both the coupe and convertible versions – but with certain visual modifications that identify them as vehicles from SEAT. These modifications are mostly found on the front end of the SEAT Salsa models – the moniker given by X-Tomi. These tweaks include the grille found in SEAT’s new models, the SEAT badge and logo.
Since only the front end was shown in X-Tomi’s renderings, it is possible that these tweaks will be implemented on the rear end of both the Salsa coupe and the Salsa cabriolet.
Of course, these SEAT Salsa models would still be powered by the engine that is found on the Audi A5. This means that the heart of the SEAT Salsa would still be a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 252 hp of max output and 273 lb.-ft. of peak torque and paired to a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission.
It would be more exciting if SEAT had its own version of the Audi S5, which is basically the A5 with steroids. As per SEAT’s naming sense, its version of the Audi S5 coupe and convertible would be the SEAT Salsa S coupe and cabriolet. There would be some sporty visual tweaks involved and the engine would change to the 3.0-liter TFSI V6 engine that could deliver up to 354 hp of output and up to 369 lb.-ft. of torque, as paired to an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission.
But then, it might not be time yet to see the Audi A5 being rebadged as SEAT and the Spanish carmaker really has no intentions to do so. This is basically because SEAT is currently concentrating its efforts on SUV and crossovers, which it finds more profitable to market.