Audi’s New A7 Sportback will be Available in U.S. Next Year

On Monday, Audi unveiled its new A7 Sportback at the Pinakothek der Moderne art museum in Munich.

The sleek, new model fills the gap between Audi’s A6 and its flagship model, the A8, quite nicely and is very similar to the Sportback concept model Audi unveiled at the Detroit auto show last year.

The A7 Sportback’s long, flowing contours, rounded front and low profile along with its tapered, forward sloping rear give it a sporty silhouette not generally found in a hatchback configuration. Audi’s designers said Italian cars from the 1960s served as their inspiration for the A7’s rear. Audi also say it used “numerous aluminum components” to reduce the cars weight.

In the U.S. market, Audi’s Quattro full-time AWD system will be standard. A number of other advanced features will also be available, including an adaptive air suspension system, and a 7-speed automatic gearbox. The adaptive air suspension system allows drivers to choose between a firm, sport setting or a comfort setting. The A7’s chassis features track-controlled trapezoidal-link rear, and five-link front suspensions with aluminum control arms. The adaptive air suspension system may be standard in the U.S., but no final decision has been made.

The A7 Sportback is also equipped with an electromechanical steering system that helps boost the vehicle’s fuel efficiency. In past models, Audi has relied on an engine-driven pump to generate power assisted steering. Audi says the electromechanical steering system also integrates nicely with its active lane-assist system. The automaker’s board member in charge of technical development, Michael Dick, said that the system was a real eye-opener when he experienced it first-hand on the test track.

In Europe, the A7 Sportback will be available with a choice of four V-6 and two TDI diesel engines. U.S. buyers will get the 3-liter supercharged V-6 engine. The European-engineered version delivers 300 hp and 324-pounds-feet of torque and has a top speed of 155 mph.

The A7’s interior features a wide variety of standard features and options including an 8-inch, touch screen multimedia interface which offers integrated control the vehicle’s Bang & Olufsen sound system, phone and internet. Other creature comforts include layered hardwood inlays, ventilated front seats with massage capability as well as phone and internet connectivity.  Audi has not announced exact vehicle specifications for the U.S. market.

The A7 Sportback will go on sale in Europe this fall and will be priced starting at around $67,000. The automaker has not set a definite date or pricing for the U.S. market, but spokesman Brad Stertz said it should be available here sometime next year.

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