The redesigned 2019 Audi A7 Sportback features a new face and new technology to drive it into the future.
If you think back to its debut in 2012, the original Audi A7 has not changed much over the last five years. However, all that is about to change with new information that has surfaced regarding the second-generation Audi A7. The 2019 A7 has been redesigned with Audi’s new corporate fascia, and includes some technology from its A8 sibling.
Audi categorizes the next-gen A7 as a coupe, sedan, and station-wagon all in one. The 2019 A7 Sportback looks just as elegant as the redesigned A8 flagship car that was also recently unveiled. Both cars echo a design that was introduced by the Company’s Prologue Concept vehicle a few years back. The A7 Sportback will be available in 15 colors, with eight of those being brand new. Just like the rest of their fleet, an S-line package is available for this vehicle.
Here is what Audi had to say in the intro to their press release:
"“The A7 Sportback represents the new Audi design language to a great extent and delivers on the design promise made by the prologue studies. The four-door coupe sets standards in the luxury class when it comes to progressiveness. It embodies a new style of Gran Turismo, with dynamic lines, systematic digitalization, a sporty driving experience and a versatile space concept.”"
The redesigned Audi A7 combines the sportiness car enthusiasts crave with the comfort that they deserve.
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When looking at its profile, you will notice that this five-door coupe looks just like its predecessor. Look closer and you will find that the body now incorporates sharper creases, larges surfaces and an upgraded fascia. At the front, the Singleframe grille is wider and lower than the one on the A8. The A7 also features more narrow headlights, contoured air inlets and a more athletic flat front end. This is what gives it that Gran Turismo look and feel.
There are three different versions of the new A7 headlights. The middle and top equipment classes will get the 12 adjacent lighting segments separated by narrowing spaces. According to the German automaker, this pattern evokes the binary digits 0 and 1. The top equipment line will receive the HD Matrix LED headlights with Audi’s laser light. When you move to the rear, you will notice that the taillights have 13 different segments on them that light up and move when you lock and unlock the vehicle. This is an acquired taste, we feel, as they took a chance having the taillights take up the entire width of the rear end.
The biggest upgrade on the redesigned A7 is the two touchscreen infotainment system that is in place of the old-school rotary buttons.
Audi is known to fuse design and technology in their lineup; the A7 is no exception. For the 2019 model year, this fastback sedan gets rid of its rotary pushbutton controls and replaces them with a digital MMI touch response system. The driver controls the infotainment system from the upper display, while controlling the comfort functions from the 8.6-inch lower display. Audi also offers a heads-up display option for those who want important information projected onto the windshield.
The Sportback will be a “mild hybrid” with a turbocharged V6 engine.
The 2019 A7 will be equipped with a 3.0-liter turbocharged TFSI V6 producing 340 horsepower and 369 lb.-ft. of torque. Featuring a 7-speed S-Tronic dual-clutch transmission, this car can go from 0-62 mph in 5.3 seconds, and hit a top speed of 155 mph.
It has also been announced that all A7’s will have a 48-volt “mild hybrid” system, which uses a belt alternator starter and a lithium-ion battery. Together, you get 12 KW of energy under braking. When your vehicle is between 34 mph and 99 mph, the A7 will shut its engine off when cruising, as a means of saving fuel. Decent horsepower numbers and fuel economy? The best of both worlds.
Check out the videos below to see more on the 2019 Audi A7, including its official reveal and highlighted features.
Production for the all-new A7 is scheduled to begin in early 2018. According to the press release, the A7 Sportback will roll off the assembly line at the Neckarsulm site and launch on the German market in late February 2018. American buyers, however, will have to wait until later in the year to test drive one.
Source: Audi Media Center