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Audi gives new A7 Sportback an icy glare, progressive styling and plenty of tech

Audi gives new A7 Sportback an...
Audi reveals the new A7 Sportback
Audi reveals the new A7 Sportback
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Inside the new Audi A7 Sportback cockpit
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Inside the new Audi A7 Sportback cockpit
Audi's touchscreen has both haptic and acoustic feedback
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Audi's touchscreen has both haptic and acoustic feedback
At launch, the A7 Sportback will be powered by a 3.0-liter V6 TFSI, seven-speed S tronic and quattro AWD
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At launch, the A7 Sportback will be powered by a 3.0-liter V6 TFSI, seven-speed S tronic and quattro AWD
Dropping into the cockpit
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Dropping into the cockpit
The new Audi A7 Sportback dimensions
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The new Audi A7 Sportback dimensions
Audi offers HD Matrix LED headlamps with laser light tech
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Audi offers HD Matrix LED headlamps with laser light tech
A look at the A7 Sportback taillights
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A look at the A7 Sportback taillights
A7 Sportback headlights
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A7 Sportback headlights
Audi A7 Sportback sketch 
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Audi A7 Sportback sketch 
Audi A7 Sportback sketch 
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Audi A7 Sportback sketch 
Audi A7 Sportback sketch 
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Audi A7 Sportback sketch 
Audi A7 Sportback sketch 
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Audi A7 Sportback sketch 
Styling-wise, the new A7 Sportback follows the A8 and Prologue concepts
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Styling-wise, the new A7 Sportback follows the A8 and Prologue concepts
The A7 Sportback includes a low, wide Singleframe grille
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The A7 Sportback includes a low, wide Singleframe grille
Audi reveals the new A7 Sportback
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Audi reveals the new A7 Sportback
Like its predecessor, the new A7 Sportback has a smooth, sloping roofline
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Like its predecessor, the new A7 Sportback has a smooth, sloping roofline
Audi reveals the new A7 Sportback
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Audi reveals the new A7 Sportback
Audi has defined the look of the new A7 Sportback with a variety of sharply cut lines and creases
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Audi has defined the look of the new A7 Sportback with a variety of sharply cut lines and creases
With the launch V6 and seven-speed transmission, the A7 can hit 62 mph in 5.3 seconds
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With the launch V6 and seven-speed transmission, the A7 can hit 62 mph in 5.3 seconds
Audi reveals the new A7 Sportback
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Audi reveals the new A7 Sportback
The new A7 Sportback will launch next February in Germany
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The new A7 Sportback will launch next February in Germany
Audi reveals the new A7 Sportback
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Audi reveals the new A7 Sportback
Audi reveals the new A7 Sportback
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Audi reveals the new A7 Sportback
Audi reveals the new A7 Sportback
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Audi reveals the new A7 Sportback
Audi reveals the new A7 Sportback
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Audi reveals the new A7 Sportback
Audi reveals the new A7 Sportback
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Audi reveals the new A7 Sportback
Audi reveals the new A7 Sportback
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Audi reveals the new A7 Sportback
Audi reveals the new A7 Sportback
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Audi reveals the new A7 Sportback
Audi reveals the new A7 Sportback
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Audi reveals the new A7 Sportback
Audi reveals the new A7 Sportback
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Audi reveals the new A7 Sportback
Audi reveals the new A7 Sportback
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Audi reveals the new A7 Sportback
Just a slight angling of the upper center console display gives the A7 a more driver-focused feel inside 
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Just a slight angling of the upper center console display gives the A7 a more driver-focused feel inside 
Inside the new Audi A7 Sportback
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Inside the new Audi A7 Sportback
Inside the new Audi A7 Sportback
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Inside the new Audi A7 Sportback
A look at the dual-screen center console of the new A7
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A look at the dual-screen center console of the new A7
Developing the all-new Audi A7 Sportback
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Developing the all-new Audi A7 Sportback
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After debuting the all-new A8 a few months ago, Audi is preparing the next member of its evolving, next-gen family, the A7 Sportback. Revealed for the first time on Thursday, the sharp second-generation A7 greets the world with the intent gaze of HD Matrix LED eyes (with lasers!), a big, bold hexagonal grille and a carefully chiseled physique. It keeps the ride quick and taut with the latest dynamic driving technologies, cuts back on consumption with help from mild hybrid tech, and engages the driver by way of a cockpit loaded with digital displays.

The new A7 falls in line with Audi's evolving design language, previewed by the parade of Prologue concepts from 2014 and 2015 and debuted in production form on the new A8. With this evolution, the A7 has been quite noticeably tightened up and further sculpted as compared to the outgoing first-gen A7.

The new car features an upright front-end dominated by the Singleframe grille set lower and wider than on the A8. Air intakes down low and distinctive headlamps up high fill out the handsome face. Buyers will be able to choose from three lighting options, the range-topper being the HD Matrix LEDs with Audi laser light.

With the launch V6 and seven-speed transmission, the A7 can hit 62 mph in 5.3 seconds
With the launch V6 and seven-speed transmission, the A7 can hit 62 mph in 5.3 seconds

The hood enjoys more definition than the bonnet on the first-generation A7 Sportback, which is a function of the creases running back and forth between grille and windshield. The sides, too, have more sharply carved and pinched creases and lines.

As always, the Sportback roofline drops dramatically toward the yacht-like tapered rear-end, giving the car its distinctive sports silhouette. A gentle lip can be seen at the hatch edge, a conspicuous part of the extendable spoiler that deploys at speeds over 75 mph (120 km/h). A thin ribbon of red taillight connects the 13-segment left and right rear lamps, providing a smooth, robust lighting signature that runs fender to fender.

Audi reveals the new A7 Sportback
Audi reveals the new A7 Sportback

The A7 stretches 196 in (4,969 mm) front to back and stands on a 115-in (2,926-mm) wheelbase. It is 75 in (1,908 mm) wide and 56 in (1,422 mm) high. Wheel options include a set of 21-inchers.

Upon launch, the new A7 Sportback will be offered exclusively with a 335-hp 3.0-liter turbo V6 engine good for 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque, a 5.3-second 0-62 mph (100 km/h) sprint, and a 155-mph (250-mph) top speed. Paired with a seven-speed S tronic, that engine offers an estimated fuel economy of 6.8 L/100km (34.6 mpg US) and estimated CO2 emissions of 154 g/km (247.8 g/mile). The quattro AWD sends power out to all four wheels as needed.

Audi plans to add additional six- and four-cylinder engine options after the start of production, with the full lineup to include both gas and diesel engines.

Audi reveals the new A7 Sportback
Audi reveals the new A7 Sportback

The sleek profile of the A7 Sportback makes the promise of a sporty, dynamic drive below, perfect for speeding past slower traffic on the highway or cutting around twists with the skill and footing of a professional running back. Audi helps the car deliver with a variety of ride technologies, including available dynamic all-wheel steering, available sport differential and range-topping self-leveling adaptive air suspension. Other suspension options include an electronically controlled damping system, a sport suspension with lowering ride height and conventional steel springs.

All of the engine choices on the new A7 Sportback will work with a mild hybrid system for improved efficiency, a feature also seen on the A8. The hybrid set-up includes a lithium-ion battery and belt alternator starter (BAS) that enables the car to shut down the engine and cruise at speeds between 34 and 99 mph (55 and 160 km/h). When it's time, the engine is seamlessly restarted by the BAS. Brake recuperation helps to refresh the depleted lithium-ion pack. Engine start-stop activates at 14 mph (22 km/h) and utilizes the front camera in automatically restarting the engine at a stop when the car in front begins moving.

Another aspect of the A7's driving kit familiar from the A8 is the range of driver-assistance features. Drivers won't find the Level 3 traffic jam pilot assist, the pièce de résistance of the A8's technological suite, but the A7 does have other advanced Audi AI features, including the remote parking and garage pilots, which will be active sometime in 2018. Both of those systems allow the driver to step out of the A7 while the car maneuvers itself into a parking space or garage. The driver can activate and monitor the process from a smartphone. Those features are supported by up to five radar sensors, five cameras, 12 ultrasonic sensors and a laser scanner, which all fire information to the central controller (zFAS) for processing.

In addition to those advanced "AI" automated driving features, Audi will offer a total of 39 driver-assistance systems split into three available packages.

Just a slight angling of the upper center console display gives the A7 a more driver-focused feel inside 
Just a slight angling of the upper center console display gives the A7 a more driver-focused feel inside 

Audi's mission with the A7 Sportback is to create the look of a coupe with the interior space of a sedan and the versatility of an estate (Avant in Audi-speak). As compared to the outgoing model, the new A7 has an added 0.8-in (21 mm) of interior length, freeing up some knee room for rear passengers. The new car also provides added rear headroom and more loading width in back, where 535 liters of cargo space more than doubles to 1,390 liters when the rear seats are folded down. The available sensor hatch opens and closes with the wiggle of a foot.

Audi fancies its cabin something of a futuristic lounge, blending luxurious comfort with the latest high-tech accoutrements. A slight tilt of the upper 10.1-in MMI infotainment display helps to create a driver-centric layout, further enhanced with the available head-up display and the neat hood of the available 12.3-in virtual cockpit. Below the 10.1-in upper console display, an 8.6-in touchscreen controls interior settings like climate and provides text input. Audi offers the option of voice control, along with all that touch control with haptic/acoustic feedback. MMI radio comes standard, while MMI navigation and navigation plus are available optionally. A range of four audio options is topped by the three-dimensional sound of the Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System.

The A7 Sportback will begin rolling off the Neckarsulm line in February 2018 and will start at €67,800 in Germany (approx. US$80K).

Source: Audi

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ManuelCastillo
I can not understand Audi is releasing this new vehicle with an internal combustion engine!! that is an affront to the direction of Audi product line...