Audi A7 slots between A6 and A8 in terms of etymology, but it’s actually closer to the latter, flagship sedan in terms of size. Apart from being tad bit smaller, A7 is a 5-door liftback. Still a full-sizer, though, luxury car doesn’t come way too cheaper than its sedan cousin. 2017 Audi A7 should be a next-gen vehicle just like the larger part of German maker’s lineup, and as that should feature Audi’s new design.
Under the Hood
Powertrain lineup, however, is not yet ready for revision. Current units are both economic and powerful, but not necessarily both at the same time. U.S. market still offers only 3.0L supercharged six-cylinder petrol unit or 3.0L turbo diesel six-cylinder units. They manage to deliver either 333 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque or 240 hp and 428 lb-ft of torque respectively. Like before, 8-speed automatic transmission and mandatory Quattro all-wheel drive are the only options. While engines ere bound for a carryover, as mentioned above, their respective figures might see an uplift.
European and other overseas models should get more choices than American-based models. Apart from 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder, they should receive a plug-in hybrid e-tron model which combines turbo four with electric power.
2017 A7 Redesign
Design-wise, 2017 Audi A7 is bound to take an entirely new look. While sleek arching roofline remains as is, pretty much everything else around it will become sharper and sleeker at the same time. It’s a hard thing to achieve, but if someone can manage it, it’s Audi. New A7 will be visually and physically wider and lower. These are compliments from a new, wider hexagonal grille and thinner headlamps. Beefier bumpers have something to do with it too, but car’s profile will remain mostly intact. Rear end, however, should receive a new bumper and tail-light graphics, together with a few other new items.
As far as interior goes, dimensions should remain the same, and so should overall room. This means that rear seat passengers probably won’t be able to enjoy 2017 Audi A7’s excellent ride thanks to legroom restrictions. Same goes for those requiring a lot of cargo space. Still, interior refinement is more or less on A8’s level. Flagship grand tourer offers a number of leather seat upholsteries with different accents. Among included options are a number of full leather choices, natural brown, walnut brown, layered walnut and aluminum wood inlay accents; all brown. This makes 2017 Audi A7 a naturally refined car with corresponding arrangements.
Heated front seats are standard with Prestige grade, but rear seat heaters and heated steering wheel are part of optional Cold Weather package. Other packages add seat ventilation, night vision, Bang & Olufsen sound system and a range of other goodies. 2017 Audi A7 is supposed to benefit from new touch screen infotainment system as well. Already seen in TT and Q7 models, new system will be fully customizable.
Safety systems are something you have to pay additionally when Audi is concerned. Still, for a $2,450 worth of Driver Assistance package, you’ll get corner view cameras, active lane assist, adaptive cruise control with stop & go, pre sense system and automatic high beams. Add to that a full range of standard goodies, and you’ll have yourself a great car with abundance of safety equipment.
2017 Audi A7 Price and MPG
Fuel economy ratings in the states range from 20/30 mpg with supercharged petrol engine to 25/38 mpg with turbo diesels. European petrol models are more efficient, being 4-cylinders, plus there’s the plug-in hybrid model too. Prices slot between almost $70,000 for Premium Plus petrol models and almost $75,000 for Prestige models with turbo diesels.
2017 Audi A7 will be more advanced and more tech-savvy car than its direct predecessor. Apart from that, it’ll be more handsome as well, but that’s pretty much it. Interior refinement and superb ride quality will remain on the same level which is good, while interior room won’t be upped as well, which doesn’t bode well for rear passengers.
The biggest competitors are Mercedes-Benz CLS and BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe.