A new 2017 Audi A7 is expected in the midterm future to replace the German sportback’s first generation, and despite that car’s breadth of praises from journalists and owners alike, Audi will have to make some meaningful changes in order to justify its continued existence.
As Automobile reports, the current sportback has seen only modest sales – at least, compared to its Audi-built brethren. Part of this has to do with a luxury car market which continues to cool on a global scale, meaning that the 2017 Audi A7 needs to distinguish itself markedly from its similarly-positioned brethren in order to pull its weight in an (arguably) over-saturated market.
To that end, Automobile expects that the 2017 Audi A7 will wear a markedly different appearance, even while keeping with the 5-door “sportback” theme. The car’s very shape must exude sportiness, in other words, with a commanding and dramatic overall presence. Automobile‘s own renderings of the future car suggest that may conjure a unique, single-frame grille, active aerodynamic parts, and sleek, integrated wheel bulges.
Meanwhile, the cabin is anticipated to get some attractive, well-crafted surfaces to place the 2017 Audi A7 further above the less-expensive A6 and A6 Avant, plus more additional features, to boot. Controls are expected to shift more toward a touchscreen basis, in favor of the traditional central knob.
In short, the 2017 Audi A7 is expected to try and incorporate D-segment philosophy and quality into a smaller, C-segment package.
And yet, the base 2017 Audi A7 will retain the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, according to Automobile, making about the same 252 HP. An e-boosted version of that powerplant is also expected, giving the small four-banger about 326 HP to play around with, while e-boost will also spawn a 350 HP V6 diesel.
Toward the higher end of the engine options list, a more potent Audi S7 is expected as well, with 500 HP from a 3.0-liter V6. Finally, we expect a next-generation RS7 to have a 575 HP, 4.0-liter V8. Plug-in hybrid options are expected to join both the 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter petrol engines.