2015 AUDI A7
Audi has revealed a new facelift for its big A7 Sportback range this week, bringing refreshed styling elements and new powertrains to the party.
For the new model year, Audi’s big four-door coupe gets updated headlights that bring it further in-line with the brand’s latest models, along with a sharpened grille design.
There’s new bumpers at both ends, along with redesigned tail-light internals and new exhaust tips.
The updated 2015 range also gains LED lights as standard at both ends, with the more advanced ‘Matrix LED’ package available as an option.
In the cabin, there’s new materials and trim options, including an aluminium/walnut combination with ‘Valcona’ leather. In all, there are five colour options for the A7’s seats.
Five Euro 6 compliant engines will be offered in the revised A7 range, including two direct-injected petrol units and three turbodiesel options.
The line-up’s economy star is the ‘Ultra’ model, equipped with Audi’s new 3.0 litre TDI diesel engine that produces 160kW but lists fuel figures of just 4.7 l/100km.
CO2 emissions for this front-wheel-drive only model are rated at 122g/km.
The new ‘Ultra’ model is less powerful than the 180kW option it is likely to replace in Australia, but its fuel figures mark a significant improvement over the current 3.0 TDI’s 5.9 l/100km.
More powerful 200kW and bi-turbo 235kW versions of the 3.0 TDI engine are also featured however, this time with quattro all-wheel-drive and, as an option, Audi’s sport differential.
The 160 and 200kW diesels are matched to the familiar seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch auto - replacing the front-wheel-drive model’s Multitronic CVT - while the 235kW ‘hero’ gets an eight-speed auto.
The 3.0 TFSI petrol model has also been enhanced for 2015, with power boosted from 224kW in the current model to 245kW in the newcomer. Torque figures are still to be revealed, however.
At the top of the sub-RS range is the S7, which continues with its 4.0 TFSI V8 but boosts power from 309 to 331kW, while fuel use has dropped from 9.6 to 9.3 l/100km - thanks largely to the addition of Cylinder On Demand technology.
The updated A7 and S7 models will hit European showrooms in the next couple of months, and an Australian launch is set to occur in the first quarter of 2015.