Audi has taken the wraps off its new A7 Sportback featuring a striking design and a lavish interior. Let’s take a closer look.
The all-new Audi A7 Sportback has been revealed and by all accounts, it looks phenomenal!
The visual improvements to the new A7 have made it look sharper and more dynamic.
The new A7’s front-end features a sharper and larger single-frame grille than the outgoing model and slimmer headlights are fitted with vertical LED stripes for added effect while the newly sculpted air intakes give the A7 a more purposeful look. A sculpted bonnet, strong character lines and a swooping roofline provides an attractive side-view.
At the rear, Audi A7 Sportback features a tapered rear-end with a distinctive and animated light unit that extends across the width of the vehicle with 13 vertical LED light segments. An integrated spoiler deploys from 120 kph and a new diffuser with chrome-trimmed artificial exhaust tips is also fitted.
The A7's interior is plush and thoroughly modern featuring Audi's Virtual Cockpit and 2 touchscreens for infotainment and in-car functions.
The interior design has been extensively reworked and Audi’s 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit makes its appearance yet again. Two screens are also fitted and include a 10.1-inch touchscreen housing the infotainment system while the lower 8.1-inch touchscreen is mainly dedicated to in-car functions such as controlling the climate control air conditioning as well as keyboard functionality for punching in telephone numbers and addresses. Other key features include a head-up display, Bang and Olufsen sound system, Valcona leather upholstery, voice control and attractive ambient lighting.
What’s under the bonnet?
A 250 kW turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 will power the new A7 with more engine options introduced in due course.
The new A7 Sportback will initially be powered by a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine with outputs of 250 kW and 500 Nm of torque. It will use a 7-speed S tronic transmission in conjunction with quattro all-wheel drive to achieve a claimed zero to 100 kph sprint time of 5.3 seconds before arriving at a top speed of 250 kph. Audi will then introduce a range of petrol and diesel option in 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder guise.
As you would expect, the new Audi A7 is packed with the latest driver assistance technology including AI Traffic Jam Pilot, Audi’s first Level 3 autonomous system seen on the new A8. Using camera’s and sensors, the system will take control of the vehicle on the highway and initiate functions such as braking, accelerating and steering without input from the driver. The new A7 will also be able to autonomously negotiate parking spaces. Familiar features such as adaptive cruise control will also be offered.
You can expect the new Audi A7 to arrive in South Africa later in 2018 and local specification and pricing will be confirmed closer to launch.