The second-generation Audi A7 Sportback is slated to arrive in time for Christmas with identical base-pricing for its V6 petrol and diesel versions.
The new, boldly-styled four-door coupe will be available in two variants, the 55 TFSI quattro and 50 TDI quattro both priced from $131,900.
The 55 TFSI brings six-cylinder petrol power that’s missing from the outgoing A7 Sportback range, with a 250kW/500Nm 3.0-litre V6 turbo that sends power to all four wheels via a 7-speed ‘S tronic’ dual-clutch auto transmission.
The 50 TDI meanwhile, replaces the 3.0 TDI as the A7 Sportback’s 3.0-litre V6 diesel offering. As well as new nomenclature, the 210kW/600Nm 50 TDI brings considerably more power over the current 160kW/500Nm oil burner. The transmission has also been upgraded, with the 7-speed S tronic making way for an 8-speed torque converter auto.
Each engine features mild-hybrid technology that uses a belt-driven starter/generator (BSG) and compact lithium-ion battery to allow the A7 Sportback to coast at speeds between 55 and 160km/h with the engine off, resulting in fuel savings of up to 0.7L/100km.
Audi promises excellent ride and handling to match the performance boost, with quattro all-wheel drive, progressive steering and adaptive dampers offering dynamic ride and handling to suit various conditions and driving styles.
The V6 duo will be joined by an entry-level four-cylinder 45 TFSI quattro, featuring a 180kW/370Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol mated to the same 7-speed S tronic auto as the 55 TFSI. Full equipment and pricing information about that variant will be revealed closer to its local launch in 2019. So far there’s no official word on S and RS performance versions, though they’re expected to be added down the track.
In the meantime the V6 variants will arrive with $10,000 worth of additional standard luxury and active safety features over the current model, including:
- 20-inch alloy wheels
- Adaptive suspension
- Audi virtual cockpit instrument display
- Head-up display
- MMI infotainment/sat-nav
- 10.1- and 8.6-inch display screens
- 360-degree view parking camera
- Heated front seats
- Three-zone climate controlled air conditioning
- Apple CarPlay & Android Auto smartphone connectivity
- Wireless phone charging
- Valcona leather upholstery
- Interior ambient lighting
- Matrix LED headlights with dynamic front and rear indicators
- Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system
- S line interior and exterior package
- Adaptive cruise control, with Stop&Go traffic jam assist
- Autonomous emergency braking
- Pre-sense front and rear collision mitigation
- Lane keeping/lane change assist
- Cross traffic alert
The new A7 Sportback boasts more aggressive styling than its predecessor, particularly at the front end that’s highlighted by the broad ‘Singleframe’ grille flanked by the sleek LED headlights and expansive air intakes.
The interior has also been completely redesigned, with a sleeker dashboard dominated by the dual 10.1- and 8.6-inch touchscreens that display a broad range of functions. This does away with a bunch of physical buttons and switches to reduce clutter. Functions are now selected through the touchscreens, which offer haptic and audio feedback, plus voice control, handwriting recognition or the single-point control dial.
The 2019 Audi A7 Sportback will arrive in Australian showrooms this November.
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