The Audi A7 is without doubt one of the authentic autos that introduced what I name the “swoopy-coupe” kind to sedans. Certain, you could possibly get an A6 as an alternative, however you lose the hatchback practicality and the shape that comes with it. It is not for everyone, and this time round, its type continues to be a bit polarizing, however it’s simply as fascinating as earlier than, if no more so.
From the entrance, issues are a little bit completely different. The headlights have modified and instantly deliver the not too long ago launched 2019 A8 sedan to thoughts. The hood’s look is stronger, and there are extra creases nearly all over the place.
Out again, the design adopts a seemingly single-piece taillight — once more, drawing some inspiration from the brand new A8. The tapered hatchback continues to be there, and it flows into the rear finish simply in addition to it did earlier than. The rear finish additionally accommodates an built-in spoiler that extends mechanically at speeds above 75 mph. The taillights play little animations when the doorways are unlocked, which is enjoyable.
The inside is, someway, much more futuristic than the outside. There’s numerous A8 in right here, too, particularly within the heart console and the two-screen structure on the middle stack. The highest display screen offers primarily together with your normal infotainment capabilities — navigation, audio and the like. The decrease half focuses on local weather management. If two screens aren’t sufficient for you, you possibly can substitute the gauge cluster with yet one more one. If that also is not sufficient, there’s an non-obligatory head-up show, too.
The A7’s tech goes past flashy screens. Seven completely different drivers can create particular person person profiles so you are not caught coping with another person’s radio presets and navigation locations. The automobile may also park itself with out the driving force within the car. By holding down the Audi AI button in Audi’s smartphone app, the driving force can watch the car park itself in an area or a storage autonomously. That characteristic is slated to reach in Europe in 2018, and it will doubtless come Stateside as quickly as Audi will get federal approval.
Your regular bevy of driver-assist techniques are scattered throughout three completely different packages. The Audi AI parking bundle covers the aforementioned semi-autonomous stuff, whereas the opposite two comprise simple techniques like adaptive cruise management and automated emergency braking. The Tour Help bundle will provide ideas for extra environment friendly driving and use the steering wheel to assist hold the car in its lane.
Screens, screens and extra screens!
The Audi A7’s normal engine at launch is a three.Zero-liter V6, placing out 340 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, mated to a seven-speed automated and all-wheel drive. That is sufficient to get the 2019 A7 to 62 mph in 5.three seconds. Audi says different four- and six-cylinder engines of each fuel and diesel varieties will comply with. It is also protected to imagine that performance-oriented S7 and RS7 fashions will arrive after that.
Just like the A8 earlier than it, all A7 fashions will include a 48-volt gentle hybrid system that shops extra vitality captured from braking in a lithium-ion battery. The engine can uncouple from the transmission at freeway speeds, coasting with the engine off till acceleration is required. The automobile’s stop-start performance extends all the best way to 14 mph, too, for a touch of additional effectivity.
The A7 is not simply aiming to sip gasoline, both — you need to nonetheless be capable to drive the pants off it. The additional you flip the steering wheel, the heavier the steering really feel turns into. There are 4 completely different suspension setups on provide — metal springs, a lowered sport suspension, electronically adjustable dampers and a self-leveling air suspension. 4-wheel steering is offered, too, lowering the turning circle by three.6 ft.
The 2019 Audi A7 will go on sale in Germany in February, with different markets to comply with. In its house market, it’s going to be priced from €67,800, which converts to simply below $80,000 US. Nevertheless, with European taxes and market costs being what they’re, it is truthful to imagine that when the brand new technology involves America, it’s going to land nearer to the bottom worth of the outgoing 2018 mannequin, which begins at $69,700 earlier than supply.