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2019 Audi A7 Revealed

2019 Audi A7 Revealed

Audi has finally taken the wraps off the second-generation A7. As indicated by recent teaser shots, the new sportback is certainly an evolution of the first-generation model that became so notorious, but Audi has thrown in a number of new cues and tech to keep things interesting.

The A7 exterior is nearly somewhat of an icon with its sportback greenhouse, which is highlighted by a dramatic, sweeping roof line. Naturally, Audi has opted to retain the design traits that have contributed to the iconic status, but has converged it with design cues of other new Audi products. As is the case with the new S5 and A8, Audi designers have added more sculpting to the A7 sheet-metal; a look first previewed on the Prologue Concept a few years ago.

Added sculpting is not the only design change intended to bring the A7 into line with the rest of the family. Designers have also added a wrap-around taillight treatment on the famous A7 rump, similar to that of the new A8. It’s obviously becoming ingrained into the Audi design DNA at this point.

Thus far details of the A7 are fairly scarce. What we do know is that the car will offer Audi’s turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 with 340 horsepower. A hotter version is expected in the form of an S7 model, while a twin-turbo V-8 will likely find its way under the hood of the RS7.

As is the case with the new A8, all A7 models will feature a 48-volt electrical architecture, meaning all versions will effectively be mild hybrids. The system should pair well with the new variant of VW’s MLB platform, which is underpinning the A7 with less mass than the outgoing model. The new bones are also enabling Audi to offer rear-steering on the A7.

Audi has also confirmed plans to eventually offer a plug-in hybrid variant of the new A7, but the timeline for that version has not been stated.

Inside, the A7 interior is also borrowing hints from the new A8. Audi’s latest design theme is obvious, with an emphasis on horizontal lines and touch-screen interfaces for nearly every creature comfort. Audi’s impressive Virtual Cockpit system is also in tow with a 12.3-inch LCD display in the gauge cluster.

Audi has also confirmed plans to offer the A7 with level 3 autonomous driving functionality at a later day. That nugget of information suggests the A7 will sport most of the self-driving capabilities found in the new A8 as well.

Thus far there’s no word on pricing for the new A7, or a confirmed on-sale date for the U.S. It’s likely a safe bet the 2019 Audi A7 will arrive late in 2018.

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About Nick Saporito

AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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  1. megeebee
    Actually, I prefer the current design. This is very nice though. And Audi continues to show the world what a car interior should be.
    Andrew_L
    arutherford
    I need a raise...


    You and me both. Great looking car though. Love the tail light treatment.
    nsaporito
    Tone
    Audi always needs to tell us which one is the new one. Can’t tell by looking ...

    Nice looking car, but looks nearly identical to the last one.


    I don't think that's a bad thing in this case. I'm glad they didn't try to reinvent the wheel here.

    Now the A8...I think it needed more.
    Tone
    Audi always needs to tell us which one is the new one. Can’t tell by looking ...

    Nice looking car, but looks nearly identical to the last one.
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