Audi has kept under wraps the work which was being done to both A6 and A7 ranges for quite sometime now, but it seems the 2014 A7 Sportback will be the first of the two to divulge what can be expected from the forthcoming Audi’s. In simple words Audi has officially revealed the all-new Audi A7 Sportback facelift and also the powerful S7. The Germans have given the A7 Sportback a minor facelift, focused on updating the five-door coupe’s looks, tweaking its engines and offering new technology. The car is expected to be introduced in the Indian market sometime in the first half of 2015.
The current A7 is priced from 88.46 Lakh, ex-showroom Delhi. We do not expect the price to be dramatically higher than this.
As was widely expected on this upgrade, the three major elements that define the facelift of the A7 are:
- the Infotainment
At the front, new LED technology is used in combination with a fresh design first seen on the A8 facelift. Two lines split the headlight unit down the middle, making the nose of the car look even sharper. Xenons have been cut completely from the range which means LEDs are standard. As an option, the A7 can be fitted with Matrix LED technology. The system dims specific beams to ensure no the headlights aren’t causing glare for other road users. As an added bonus, dynamic turn signals are also installed at the front if you add the Matrix system.The same two horizontal lines we see at the front are also used to split the taillight units. Other cosmetic touches have also been made to the car and include a new single-frame grille, bumpers, tailpipes that are integrated into the diffuser etc.
The cockpit of the new A7 Sportback get new surface treatments like the aluminum and Beaufort walnut inlays, Valcona leather and five possible colors for the seats.The new top-drawer infotainment system is something which stands out in this upgrade; called the “MMI Navigation plus with MMI touch”, it is powered by brand new and powered by a Nvidia processor. The system has touchpad controls which allow you to zoom in and out by using two fingers, while Audi connect keeps you connected to the internet.
Starting with the diesel variant, the base model is now fitted with “ultra” fuel saving technology which allows for fuel consumption of just 4.7 liters per 100 kilometers (about 21 KMPL), corresponding to CO2 emissions of 122 grams per kilometer. All the figures here are when the car is tested in the European test cycle. Power is also up from 204 BHP to 218 BHP.
Moving on to the regular 3.0 TDI that’s fitted with quattro, this has been boosted from 245 BHP to 275 BHP while emissions have been brought in line with Euro-6 regulations. As for the range-topping 3.0 TDI bi-turbo clean diesel, this has received a power increase, to 320 BHP from 313 BHP. Still it’s slightly more than rivals like the BMW 640d offer.
Petrol TFSIs also get output boosts, the 3-liter supercharged engine in the regular A7 has been improved from 310 BHP to 333 BHP. Some engine configurations will also benefit from new lightweight brakes, and there are further weight saving measures in the chassis, which is made from a combination of aluminium and steel.
Photo Gallery : 2015 Audi A7 Sportback
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