Audi A7 Sportback revealed: Here's all you need to know

Audi A7 Sportback revealed: Here's all you need to know

The A7 Sportback features sharp edges and athletic lines that has been accentuated by the single-frame front grille.

According to Audi SA, the new A7 is expected to go on sale locally during the second quarter of 2018. Range-toppers get Audi's HD Matrix LED headlights with laser light.

The luggage compartment lid finishes with an integrated active spoiler that comes out of hiding at speeds of over 120 km/h (74 mph).

Sportback, four-door coupe, crossover - since the designation actually translates into crossing over from one segment to another - name your pick, but the Audi A7 manages to remain one - if not the - most desirable models in the company's lineup. What's more, Ingolstadt says interior length went up by 21 mm (0.8 in) from the previous model.

Powering the new Audi A7 Sportback is a new mild hybrid system (MHEV) as well as the V6 engines that use a 48-volt primary electrical system. This increases to 1390 litres with the rear seats folded down and the electric tailgate is foot-operated, so that you don't get your hands dirty. The A7 is certainly the sportier derivative of the A8, complete with major use of aluminum for the body and chassis, variable-ratio steering, optional rear-wheel steering and standard Quattro all-wheel drive upgradable with a torque-vectoring rear differential.

The setup revolves around a belt alternator starter connected to a Li-ion battery that can recover up to 12 kW during braking. It will be made available next year, Audi said in a statement.

The auto will initially launch with the 3.0 V6 TFSI petrol engine.

0-62mph happens in a brisk 5.3 seconds, and at the top end its electronic limiter will hold you back at the familiar 155mph mark. These performances are also brought to you by the seven-speed S tronic automatic transmission working together with the powerplant. Customers can choose between four suspension set-ups: a conventional steel spring suspension; the sport suspension, which lowers ride height by 10mm; electronically controlled damping and the self-levelling adaptive air suspension.

The 10.1-inch upper display controls the infotainment system while the 8.6-inch lower display provides access to the climate control system, comfort functions and text input.

Last but not least, Audi trumpets that its new 2018 A7 Sportback features no less than 39 safety assistance systems divided into three packages - Audi AI parking, City assist and Tour assist. The Head-up display unit that projects important information onto the windscreen and voice control is available as an option.

The A7 will launch in Europe early next year with prices starting at 67,800 euros ($80,200) in Germany.

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