Sporting a sharp fresh exterior design, the luxury liftback comes with a 48V electric platform, fresh engines with mild-hybrid properties for additional gas savings, in addition to a steel and aluminum bodybuilding.
Together with the latest A8, the 2018 A7 represents a little of a new beginning for Audi, following the fallout from parent company Volkswagen’s Dieselgate scandal.
Audi claims that the A7 was refined to offer outstanding long-distance-cruise traits, and also says its revamped interior will improve its allure. And with only one model intended for production from the beginning, the A7 55 TFSI pictured here officially for the first time, it also seems Audi is taking measures to guarantee top-notch quality during the initial build stage.
The five-door design remains; the cabin doors are once again frameless, while the massive tailgate hinges from over the back window to provide unimpeded access to the luggage compartment.
It is placed within a heavily ordered front bumper and is bookmarked by angular headlights sporting distinctive LED graphics in one of 3 designs, which taper back within the leading portion of their front wings.
Further back, there are conspicuous front wheel arches, a relative shallow six-window glasshouse, heavy swage lines within the lower sections of their doors along with a roofline that slopes heavily towards the back — all in keeping with the original A7.
At the back, Audi has provided its latest model with the active spoiler component. Integrated into the trailing edge of the tailgate, it hastens at speeds over 120mph to increase downforce on the rear axle for additional high-speed stability. The very dominant styling attribute is that the complete width tail-lights remedy: every tail-light receives 13 individual components, joined by an illuminated light bar that extends across the back of the boot lid.
Audi will offer the newest A7 with an optional S line styling bundle from the beginning of UK sales. It sports a high-gloss-black treatment on the grille insert, leading air ducts, sills and rear diffuser.
In 4969mm in length, 1908mm in width and 1422mm in height, the new Audi is 14mm briefer, 3mm wider and 2mm higher compared to the first-generation A7. According to the latest evolution of Audi’s MLB platform, it also adopts a wheelbase that is 13mm more than its predecessor at 2923mm, providing it with a bigger footprint which will be shared with all the new A6 expected in 2018.
The interior of this A7 follows the lead of the latest A8. That is a 12.3in digital instrument display, combined with a 10.1in Multi-Media Infotainment display integrated within the middle of the dash facia along with an 8.6in display unit mounted lower down in the bottom of the middle console — equally offering standard touch controller, with haptic and acoustic feedback qualities.
The adoption of touch-sensitive displays for all of the significant functions provides the dash with a clean and uncluttered appearance devoid of traditional manual controllers. The stubby gearlever, meanwhile, is designed to permit the driver to break their wrist to the horizontal manage to lessen the touch operation of their air conditioning along with other functions, according to Audi.
Up front, fresh chairs are claimed to offer additional levels of relaxation, with buyers able to specify multi-adjustable, customised contour chairs with both ventilation and massage functions. The back can be configured with 2 individual chairs or a two-plus-one design.
The 535-litre boot capacity of this original A7 was retained, though Audi claims the bag compartment was redesigned for improved utilisation of distance. The back liftback is manually controlled, although buyers may pick an optional foot-operated detector.
The remote garage pilot autonomously manoeuvres that the A7 into and out of parking areas or a garage without the necessity for a driver to be behind the steering wheel.
That technology is one of many of autonomous driving functions. The newest A7 can comprise up to five radar detectors, five detectors, 12 ultrasonic sensors and a laser scanner. They’re networked with a so-called zFas central driver assistance control. In total, the new car contains 39 driver assistant systems, equally as regular and optional.
The second-generation A7 will be established with only a single engine, though some, including the two four and six-cylinder gas and diesel units, are supposed to be added to the line-up as production of their four-door ramps up in Audi’s plant in Neckarsulm, Germany.
At speeds between 55kph and 160kph, the car can shore with all the combustion process idled for additional gas savings on prolonged periods of trailing throttle.
It also utilizes a stop/start function that shuts down the engine under 14mph because you roll up to traffic lights. In combination with a front camera, then the engine is subsequently restarted the moment the car ahead begins to maneuver or, alternatively, once the driver activates the throttle.
The successor to the earlier supercharged 3.0-litres V6 offered in the first-generation A7 generates 335bhp and 369lb feet of torque. Drive is steered via a conventional seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch gearbox and the latest iteration of Audi’s quattro four-wheel-drive system which just activates the back wheels as soon as it finds added traction is required.
Audi is already talking up the dynamic qualities of this new A7, which follows the trend towards the adoption of four-wheel steering — or dynamic-all-wheel-steering, as Audi prefers to call it.
At speeds under 60kph, the rear wheels steer in the opposite direction to people in the front in a bid to imbue the new Audi with additional low-speed manoeuvrability and a claimed 1.1m reduction in the turning circle as compared with its predecessor. Above 60kph, the rear wheels steer in precisely the exact same direction as those in the very front, which Audi says contributes to increased straight-line stability and improves high-speed lane-change properties.
In other changes, Audi claims that the suspension was created from scratch and claims it offers higher levels of feedback. Buyers can select between four set-ups: conventional steel springs, a game suspension that lowers the ride height by 10mm, electronically controlled damping plus also a self-leveling air suspension.
Anticipate Audi to bring in the newest A7 to India sometime next year.