Audi has revealed the new A7 Sportback five-seater coupé for international markets. The new Audi A7 Sportback gets new design language and technologies. Visually, the car gets a new design language that takes its inspiration from the Prologue concept. This new design was first seen on the new Audi A8. The A7 Sportback features sharp edges and athletic lines that has been accentuated by the single-frame front grille. The grille is wider and lower than that the Audi A8. The new five-door coupé also gets High Definition Matrix LED headlamps with Audi laser light as well as 21-inch alloy wheels. The A7 Sportback is 4,969 mm long, 1,908 mm wide, 1,422 mm high and has a wheelbase of 2,926 mm. The car has a boot space of 535 litres and it increases to 1,390 litres with the rear seats folded down.
The cabin gets horizontal lines and sleek instrument panel, a 10.1-inch display with MMI navigation plus that features fully digital Audi virtual cockpit. The MMI touch display has been equipped in place of the rotary push button and the conventional buttons. The MMI navigation plus package will be available with a choice of two sound systems. The display on the Audi A7 comes on as soon as the car is opened The new Audi A7 Sportback also gets an 8.6-inch infotainment system that also displays climate control system, comfort functions and text input. The Head-up display unit that projects important information onto the windscreen and voice control is available as an option.
The Audi A7 stores settings for seven driver profiles with preferred settings for individual users, and up to 400 parameters can be personalised. Audi connect online services include the traffic sign and hazard information Car-to-X services, which utilise the swarm intelligence of the Audi fleet to send Traffic information.
Powering the new Audi A7 Sportback is a new mild hybrid system (MHEV) as well as the V6 engines that use a 48-volt primary electrical system. The car is equipped with a belt alternator starter (BAS) that works with a lithium-ion battery and achieves a recuperation performance of up to 12 kW when braking. The start-stop function now activates at 13 mph. The engine is restarted predictively when at a standstill as soon as the vehicle ahead begins to move, this works with the help of a standard front camera. According to the company, MHEV technology reduces fuel consumption by up to 0.7 litres per 100 kilometres.
Initially, the company will launch the new Audi A7 Sportback with a 3.0 litre V6 TFSI petrol engine that produces 338 hp and 500 Nm of torque. The engine is paired to a seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission and sends power to quattro drivetrain. At a later stage, the company will introduce six- and four-cylinder engines on both petrol and diesel versions.
The new Audi A7 Sportback will be produced at the Neckarsulm plant in Germany and will be available for sale in the UK from early 2018, with pricing for the first phase of models starting from around £ 56,000 GBP (Rs 47 lakh). The A7 will likely make it to India late next year and be priced between Rs.85 lakh and Rs. 1 crore.