Audi reveals new 2018 A7 Sportback

Posted on Oct 21, 2017 by

If the latest fourth-generation A8 is too understated for you, the A7 Sportback adds a small dose of drama (i.e. styling) to the mix

 Even more than the latest fourth-generation Audi A8, the Ingolstadt manufacturer’s evolving design language is premiering with this new A7 Sportback. Yes, the A8 is the first car to follow from the Prologue concept study we first saw at the LA auto show in 2014 that set the future styling lines in motion, but this A7 does it a lot more boldly while giving you an idea of all upcoming Audis.

Sitting on the same VW Group platform shared by the Porsche Cayenne and Bentley Bentayga, the new A7 Sportback represents the pinnacle of Audi’s coupe-saloons and comes with A8-ish technology such as a 48-volt electric system to power, for example, the self-leveling air suspension. 

2018 Audi A7 Sportback

Also like the A8, the Sportback has Matrix LEDs and lasers, twin dash display, Audi’s digital ‘virtual’ cockpit, and if you tick enough boxes, Bang & Olufsen surround sound, five radars, five cameras, 12 ultrasonic sensors, a laser scanner, and remote parking pilot.

Parked next to an actual A8, the A7 is some 200mm shorter overall, but the illusion is complete with the fact the wheelbases are similar, and that the A7 is some 50mm lower, so it looks like quite a lot of car.

Audi A7 Sportback 2018

At launch in Europe from early next year, the 2018 Sportback will start from the equivalent of about AED295,000 for the 55 TFSI quattro model powered by a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 worth 340 horsepower and 500Nm of torque, identical to the A8’s. Except the lighter and smaller A7 sprints from 0-100km/h in 5.3 seconds where the saloon flagship needs three-tenths longer.

If you compare to the previous A7 the 2018 has 21mm extra interior length, a new air quality package, improved panoramic glass roof, and a boot that can now take two golf bags horizontally, you’ll be happy to know.

 

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