One of many greatest issues with shopping for a brand new automotive is that it’ll begin wanting dated in just a few yr’s time. Audi doesn’t have this downside. By preserving a comparatively constant design language for over a decade, you actually should squint to pin down which fashions are new and which of them aren’t. That impact is lessened if you truly climb inside one, although.
Such is the story with the brand new A7 Sportback. First glances go away you mumbling to your self, “That definitely is an Audi.” But it surely’s the finer particulars that time to it being one thing wholly distinctive and fashionable.
This leaves us in a grey space, questioning whether or not Audi’s styling choices are extremely lazy or absolute genius. The corporate doesn’t wow you with flamboyant newness or dramatic bodywork however the truth stays that it continues to ship exceptionally good-looking vehicles which can be inoffensive sufficient to stay related a number of years on.
For the A7, that interprets to a mannequin that appears fairly a bit just like its predecessor regardless of being utterly redesigned each inside and outside. Throughout its unveiling, CEO Rupert Stadler claimed the 2019 Audi A7 represented the corporate “fulfilling a promise” to offer a brand new design language.
Whereas we’re not about to assert the brand new mannequin appears to be like all that totally different from the earlier technology, we are going to undergo how comparable the A7 appears to be like to the brand new A8. The 2 share an identical single-piece taillight, grille, and headlights — although the smaller Audi’s is a little more slanted. This is sensible as each vehicles are based mostly on the most recent evolution of the corporate’s MLB platform.
The taillight sits beneath a retractable spoiler that springs to life above 75 mph, whereas the headlights include distinctive LED graphics in considered one of three potential designs. Each sources of illumination placed on temporary reveals every time the automotive begins up or shuts down.
With shorter overhangs entrance and rear, the brand new A7 sees a Zero.6-inch discount from the earlier automotive’s total size. Audi additionally noticed match so as to add some creases to the car’s flanks, giving it a contact extra drama when considered from the facet. There’s additionally an optionally available S line physique package that gives extra aggressive entrance and rear fascias, sills, and distinctive trim items.
Just like the A8 flagship, Audi’s A7 encompasses a new 48-volt mild-hybrid powertrain in each incarnation. Upon launch, the primary fashions will use the acquainted turbocharged Three.Zero-liter V6. Nevertheless the automaker is changing the eight-speed automated with a brand new seven-speed dual-clutch. Audi says it needs to be good for 340 horsepower and propel the all-wheel-drive “hatchback” with four-door coupe styling to 62 mph in 5.Three seconds. Its high velocity might be electronically ruled to 155 mph.
In the meantime, the mix alternator and starter is ready to regenerate as much as 12.Zero kilowatts of vitality. That energy is routed into the car’s 48-volt system, which helps reduce total gasoline consumption. The 2019 A7 additionally has an automated begin/cease system linked to predictive autonomous capabilities, permitting the automotive to creep via slow-moving site visitors. A fuel-saving mode shuts down the engine when coasting at speeds between 34 and 100 mph.
The inside takes loads of ideas from the A8, offering an uncluttered look that’s heavy on know-how. There’s a 12.Three-inch digital instrument show, with a 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen built-in throughout the heart of the sprint. Under that could be a secondary eight.6-inch unit mounted nearer to the bottom of the middle console. Each of the middle screens supply customary contact management with haptic and acoustic suggestions.
Audi claims inside consolation has been upgraded by way of 21 millimeters (eight-tenths of an inch) of added legroom and improved seating with gobs of adjustable vectors and therapeutic massage capabilities. The automaker claims it positioned a stronger emphasis on constructing a quieter cabin with more room for rear occupants. Cargo capability stays unchanged from the earlier technology, nevertheless.
Elective extras embody a heads-up show unit, voice management, 4 separate sound techniques (together with a Bang & Olufsen unit with 3D surround-sound), Matrix LED headlamps with laser projection, distant parking pilot and, distant storage pilot. Unavailable at launch, the distant storage pilot autonomously drives the A7 out and in of parking areas with out a driver current.
The Sportback may have further autonomous capabilities, together with as much as 5 radar sensors, 5 cameras, a laser scanner, and 12 ultrasonic sensors. Relying on the way it’s geared up, Audi says the automotive will embody 39 driver help techniques. However even the extra primary trims will embody issues like adaptive cruise management and automated emergency braking.
The all-new Audi A7 goes on sale in Germany earlier than spring and can attain North American showrooms by the tip of 2018. Pricing is unannounced as of but, however count on it to return in above $70,000 even earlier than including bells and/or whistles.