German manufacturer Audi has taken the covers off its latest version of the A7 Sportback.
The premium saloon takes design cues and technology from the latest A8 saloon that was revealed earlier this year, such as the latest Virtual Cockpit layout and a mild hybrid system with every engine.
The A7 will launch with a 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine that produces 336bhp, and can get the car from 0-60mph in 5.1 seconds. It is paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive.
With the help of the electrical system, the A7 can turn off the petrol engine and coast to conserve fuel between 34mph and 99mph. Other six and four-cylinder engine options will be available later. Dynamic all-wheel steering is available as an optional extra.
The A7 sits on the latest version of Audi’s MLB Evo platform and even though the overall length of the vehicle is shorter, there is 21mm extra cockpit space as it maintains the same height and width as the outgoing model.
Audi has taken the front design from the A8, but has made it slightly wider and lower for a sportier look on the A7 while incorporating the brand’s Matrix LED lighting system. Other exterior features include the rear spoiler that raises at speed and gloss black detailing for those that come equipped with the optional S-Line package.
Inside, Audi applies its latest version of the MMI infotainment system that has the Virtual Cockpit display in the instrument binnacle and two central touchscreens.
The A7 will include no less than 39 assistance systems, including a remote parking feature that will debut later in 2018. The Audi AI autonomous driving systems will also be present in the A7, although the date which it comes to the public domain is yet to be unveiled.