With its official unveiling set for the Paris Auto Show this Fall, Audi has decided to unwrap its latest model, the A7 Sportback, well ahead of schedule. Designed to compete against the likes of the Porsche Panamera, Mercedes CLS and BMW 5 Series GT, this 5-door has 18.89 cubic feet of cargo room in the trunk, with a total of 49.09 cu.-ft. when the rear seats are folded flat. The rear hatch design is made even more unique by a rear spoiler that automatically deploys at speeds above 80 mph.
Four V6 engines will be offered internationally, including the 3.0 TDI motor and the 3.0T (supercharged) engine. While we did expect a V8 to be offered, it’s not necessary as Audi claims the 3.0T engine will deliver a 0-60 mph time of 5.6 seconds. Audi has said that all V6 engines will use an energy regeneration system and a start-stop setup to improve fuel economy. Two transmissions will be offered: a multitronic CVT transmission for front-drive models and 7-speed S tronic with AWD models.
Like it’s mechanically similar A8 brother the A7 gets plenty of luxury inside as well as lots of high-tech goodies. These include standard and optional features like a WLAN hotsport, 1,300 watt Bang & Olufson audio system, the advanced MMI operating system, a heads-up display and Audi’s new touchpad feature that lets the driver or passenger input Nav info by writing the letters with his or her hand.
The new A7 will go on sale in Europe this fall, with North American sales to follow.
GALLERY: Audi A7 Sportback
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