Audi reveals the new A7 Sportback with properly good cosmetic changes, more technology and hybrid assistance for all engines. Arrives in the UK Q2 2018.
But Audi has managed to tweak the 2018 A7 to deliver a properly good looking five door coupe which, although clearly an A7, looks like the A7 should probably always have.
Based on the same underpinnings as the new A8, the A7 gets a wide, flat grille which looks like the A8s but with more attitude, LED lights that shout hello when you unlock the car – and improve the back end no end – and big bold bulges down the flanks. It’s convincing.
The A7 also gets lots of its interior inspiration from the A8, with screens abounding, can park itself even when you’re not in the car and promises level three autonomy in 2018.
It also gets a 48-volt electrical system with a belt alternator starter which lets the big Audi ‘Coast’ at speed between 34-99mph to save juice, and the stop-start kicks in at 14mph to save even more.
There’s also rear-wheel steering for a bit more dynamism, rear-wheel drive for all m models (but quattro 4WD optional), a new electronic chassis control and a choice of four different suspensions from steel to self-levelling air.
On the engine front there’s no doubt there will be four-cylinder petrol and diesel options, but all that’s on offer to start with is a V6 petrol. Wonder why?
The 3.0 litre V6 – which will wear the ’55 TFSI’ moniker thanks to Audi’s new, rather odd, nomenclature – offers 355bhp and 369lb/ft of torque and can get you to 62mph in 5.3 seconds.
Audi say prices for the A7 55 TFSI will start at ‘about’ £56k (probably depends on how the Brexit negotiations go), go on sale in early 2018 and arrive in the UK in Q2.