Audi has revealed the second-generation Audi A7 ahead of its public premiere at the Los Angeles motor show in late November.
Leading changes are sharp new exterior design, 48-volt electric system, new engines with mild-hybrid properties, reworked chassis with four-wheel steering and a raft of digital interior functions.
The new A7 is 14mm shorter, 3mm wider and just 2mm higher than the first generation A7. Based around the latest evolution of Audi’s MLB platform, it also adopts a 13mm longer wheelbase and rear legroom is increased. It retains the 535-litre boot capacity of its predecessor and the boot lid can be operated by a foot operated sensor.
The front end is dominated by the latest evolution of Audi’s single frame grille – as seen on the recent A8 – and set within a heavily structured front bumper. It is bookmarked by angular headlamps sporting distinctive LED graphics in one of three different designs that taper back within the leading part of the front fenders.
At the rear is an active spoiler that deploys at speeds above 120km/h to increase downforce on the rear axle for added high speed stability. The most dominant styling feature, however, is the full width tail lamp treatment; the individual tail lamps each receive 13 elements and are joined by an illuminated light bar that stretches across the rear of the boot lid.
Audi intends to offer the new A7 with an optional S line package and further hones the appearance with gloss black grille insert, front air ducts, sills and rear diffuser.
Inside, the A7 follows the lead of the latest A8, with a contemporary design that closely follows Audi’s 2014 Prologue concept car. Key features include a touch sensitive 12.3-inch digital instrument display combined with a 10.1-inch Multi-Media Infotainment display integrated within the centre of the dashboard facia and an 8.6-inch display unit mounted lower down at the base of the centre console – both offering standard touch control with haptic and acoustic feedback.
New seats offer added levels of comfort, with buyers able to specify multi-adjustable, customized contour seats with both ventilation and massage functions. The rear can be configured either with two individual seats or a two-plus-one layout.
Other options include Matrix LED headlamps with laser projection, heads up display, voice control, premium sound including a top-of-the-line Bang & Olufsen, remote parking pilot and remote garage pilot – the latter of which autonomously manoeuvres the A7 into and out of parking spaces or garages without the need for a driver to be behind the steering wheel.
The new A7 features new autonomous driving technology and can be fitted with five radar sensors, five cameras, 12 ultra sonic sensors and a laser scanner. They are networked by a so-called zFas central driver assistance controller. All up, the new Audi features 39 different driver assistant systems, both as standard and optional.
The new A7 will be launched initially with only a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine, augmented by a mild 48-volt belt driven alternator hybrid system. At speeds between 55 and 160km/h, it can coast with the combustion process idled for added fuel savings on extended periods of trailing throttle.
It also shuts down the engine when the driver lifts off the throttle below 22km/h and in combination with a front camera, the engine is restarted as soon as the car ahead begins to move or, alternatively, when the driver activates the throttle once more.
The new engine is capable of a claimed 0-100km/h time of 5.3 seconds and electronically limited top speed of 250km/h, with fuel consumption and emissions a claimed 6.8L/100km and 154g/km respectively.
In other changes, Audi says the suspension has been developed from scratch and claims it offers greater levels of feedback. Buyers can choose between four different set-ups: conventional steel springs, a sport suspension that lowers the ride height by10mm, electronically controlled damping and a self-leveling air suspension.
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