The A7 has become a hugely successful model for its makers Audi over the years. After the current range of A7s in production were designed back in 2010, Audi has finally decided to facelift it with new design updates. The most prominent of them being the sharper, more angular LED headlamps. The front grille too looks more angular to accommodate the changes made to the headlamps. Apart from the visible changes in design, Audi has also updated its line up for the 2015 A7 and S7.
Moving to the interiors, a number of colour choices have been added which come with Beaufort walnut wood trim and Valcona leather options, seen on the A8. The A7 range also gets quite a few technological tweaks. Though the Audi MMI user interface remains unchanged, it now comes with a never before seen, supplementary head up display and built in ultra-fast LTE internet connectivity. Music lovers will also be pleased with the added Bang and Olufsen sound system. Apart from changes in the infotainment system, the new A7 and S7 will also feature new driving assists including cruise control and night vision. Audi also offers its latest safety technology in the form of āstop-and-go traffic crawlingā and its very own side assist and active lane assist.
Under the hood changes have been also made, with a number of petrol and diesel variants now made available for the A7 and S7. The base A7 Sportback Ultra now comes with a 3.0-litre V6 engine which provides 221PS to the front wheels. The base diesel variant also comes with a 3.0-litre TDI engine which provides 275PS of power. While most models are fitted with the usual seven speed S-tronic gearbox, the top diesel variant comes with an eight-speed 3.0 biturbo diesel engine which sends out 325PS to all four wheels. The top end model of the S7 Sportback range though, has a 4.0-litre V8 engine with a maximum of 455PS of power, which is an increase from the current highest S7 variant in production (425 PS).
Expected to be launched in Europe in a few months, the 2015 A7 and S7 Sportback will be available in the US by the end of this year.
Audi reveals face-lifted A7 and S7 in Europe
Acclaimed five-door coupe is enhanced by a raft of revisions to styling, engines and technology
New generation A7 Sportback available in the UK from quarter 4 of 2014 ā UK pricing to be confirmed nearer to launch
Styling enhancements and upgrade to standard LED headlights across the range, interior decor and infotainment improvements, revised EU6-compliant engines and new transmissions
New A7 Sportback 3.0 TDI ultra capable of returning up to 60.1mpg with CO2 output from 122g/km
S7 Sportback features 450PS and innovative COD technology
A new 60mpg V6 TDI ultra model is just one of the highlights of the new generation Audi A7 Sportback range, which has also been refreshed by other new engine configurations, plus new transmissions, new headlights and tail lights and upgraded infotainment systems. The latest incarnation of the multi-talented five-door with the emotional appeal of a coupe, the comfort of a saloon and the practicality of an Avant estate will arrive with its first UK customers in the last quarter of 2014.
Back when the A7 Sportback first debuted in 2010, Audi was already setting new standards in automotive design. Its long bonnet, flowing C-pillars and steeply raked rear end create a dynamic overall impression which has been amplified further in the new generation car by a raft of styling revisions.
The most striking changes are to the single frame grille, which adopts the latest hexagonal design, to the bumpers, which have been subtly resculpted, and to the tailpipes, which now have wider, trapezoidal apertures. LED headlamps also now complement the A7 Sportbackās familiar LED daytime running lights as standard, and can be further enhanced by Matrix LED headlights.
By quite literally forming a beam using a matrix of individual Light Emitting Diodes, these advanced units can provide optimal lighting by dimming specific individual diodes to divert their pool of light around oncoming and following traffic without reducing their intensity in other areas. Dynamic indicators with a sweeping function in the direction of the turn are also standard at the rear and optional for the front light units.
The body of the new Audi A7 Sportback consists primarily of aluminium and high-tech steel grades. It is extraordinarily lightweight and designed for maximum comfort in terms of noise. The cargo space under the long, electrically powered tailgate has a base capacity of 535 litres. When the rear seat backs are folded down this increases to 1,390 litres.
The sleek sophistication of the exterior is echoed in the carās interior. The dominant element is the horizontal line surrounding the driver and passenger. The dashboard gives an impression of lightness and elegance which is now further enhanced by new interior materials, including aluminium/Beaufort walnut inlays. The colour palette has been revised, and now offers additional colour options now extending to include the Valcona leather upholstery available as an upgrade to the standard Milano leather in versions below the S line. In S line versions, which previously featured Valcona leather exclusively in black as standard, a Lunar silver option is also now offered.
The front seats can be optionally equipped with ventilation and massage functions, and there are four seat versions to choose from. The MMI radio plus operating system is standard and can be supplemented as an option with a head-up display that projects all important information onto the windscreen.
Power and efficiency: two TFSI and three TDI engines
From launch, the new generation A7 Sportback will be available with a choice of five powerful and highly efficient engines. The two petrol and three diesel units offer power outputs ranging from 218PS to 333PS, and comply with stringent EU6 emissions legislation.
Many aspects of the 3.0 TDI clean diesel with 272PS have been newly developed. In the āultraā version with 218PS and front-wheel drive, the 3.0-litre V6 is capable of returning an outstanding 60.1mpg, corresponding to CO2 emissions of 122 grams per kilometre. The top-of-the-range engine, the 4.0-litre TFSI, is available in the Audi S7 Sportback. It delivers 450PS of power and uses innovative COD (cylinder on demand) technology.
The 3.0 TDI biturbo, which delivers 320PS, works with an eight-speed tiptronic transmission; all other engine configurations work with a seven-speed S tronic transmission. In the versions with front-wheel drive, the dual-clutch unit replaces the eight-speed multitronic CVT transmission and has been fully redeveloped. For engine outputs of 272PS and above, quattro permanent all-wheel drive can be supplemented with the sport differential, which actively distributes power between the rear wheels.
The chassis, too, combines great precision with relaxed comfort. The new Audi A7 Sportback features wheels with diameters ranging from 18 to 21 inches. Some engine configurations are equipped with new lightweight brakes. The power steering system features an electromechanical drive for high efficiency.
The Audi drive select dynamic handling system is standard. Options include dynamic steering, two sports suspension options and adaptive air suspension; in the S7 Sportback, the air suspension has a firmer setup.
Latest generation MMI and Audi connect
The new generation Audi A7 Sportback leads the competition in terms of infotainment. It now features the latest generation of the Audi modular infotainment system built around the Multi Media Interface. The top system uses a powerful new graphics processor from Audiās partner Nvidia and includes MMI touch, enabling the driver to scroll and zoom in lists and maps via a touchpad.
The perfect supplement to MMI Navigation plus is Audi connect, and in the latest generation A7 Sportback this option now links the five-door coupe with the Internet via the latest LTE high-speed data transmission standard for ultra-fast 4G click-through and download functionality. The Audi phone box option is also now available ā it enables occupants to connect their mobile phones to the carās antenna for improved reception simply by placing them in the phone box compartment. The top of the hi-fi line is the Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System.
The assistance systems ā including adaptive cruise control with stop & go function, the further improved night vision assistant and the Audi pre sense safety system ā are also state of the art. Audi side assist and Audi active lane assist, now featuring new Active lane centring technology, work closely together to make lane changes even safer.