2017 Audi A7 Interior
Unveiled back in 2010, the funky five-door fastback received a mid-cycle facelift in 2014, with the second generation not only being greenlighted, but its design has been already signed off by the new Audi head of design, Marc Lichte. Set to be launched sometime in 2017 as a 2018 model, the second Audi A7 will apparently get an all-new design that is supposedly much more radical than the current model.
Naturally, “radical” and “design” in the same sentence when talking about an Audi may sound like a bit of a stretch, but this is what the brand’s evangelists are saying. According to Marc Lichte, some of the visual motifs featured by the Audi Prologue concept will find their way on the future A6, A8 and the A7 with each model apparently having its own visual identity. Not only that, but the new Audi head of design has also said that we should expect a more thorough look differentiation not only with other distinct Ingolstadt models, but between The A7, S7 and RS7 as well Audi Car Parts Reviews.
Except for the introduction of the single-frame grille and a little bit of playfulness in the interior shape of certain LED headlights, Audi’s design language has been rather stale in the past two decades, with just about every generation of a model being a derivative of the one it replaces. If Marc Lichte is to be believed, we may finally get to see something new in the Igolstadt lineup, and the second generation of the Audi A7 will be a pretty good example of that. Lichte actually went as far as calling the design of the model “radical,” but that should probably be taken with a pinch of salt.
With Quattro being one of Audi’s best known trademarks, it is expected that the technology will actually somehow find its way into the design language of future Audi cars, and the future Audi A7 is one of the models which will emphasize this the most. The much criticized long front overhangs are actually here to stay, but instead of the side view showing a cab-forward look it will be more centered for a more balanced overall proportion.
Unlike on the current model, the single-frame grille of the next A7 will be more horizontal, like on the Prologue Concept, with most of the exterior lines suggesting a wider, longer and lower look. The all-wheel drive system will not only be suggested by the overall proportions, but by the wheel arches, which will offer a subtle throwback to the ones from the Audi Ur-Quattro. All in all, I don’t know if it should be exactly radical, but the 2017 Audi A7 will definitely be something else compared with the first generation.
If the aforementioned Audi Prologue Concept is anything to go by, the interior of the next Audi A7 will be a lot more austere from a design perspective, with the exterior horizontal lines being incorporated inside as well, to visually “stretch the length of the dashboard” and create more pronounced sense of space. It is not yet clear if the driver-oriented center console will be making a return.
The Audi MMI controller may be replaced by a number of integrated touchscreen displays which will be home to most of the controls, while the tablet-like center display screen will disappear completely, as it did on the 2015
Of course, it will not be removed entirely from the car, as it will actually replace the current instrument panel behind the steering wheel. In essence a twin-turbocharged V-6 diesel, the engine is also augmented by an electric supercharger which should offer lag-free acceleration credentials.
With an output of 385 horsepower and a healthy 553 pound-feet of torque on the RS5 TDI Concept, this power plant will probably make for a pretty interesting top of the range version on the diesel front, albeit it is not yet clear if it will be offered in the United States.
Based on the upcoming MLB (Modular Longitudinal Matrix) Evo architecture, the second generation of the A7 should sport a much lower weight compared with the first model, while a plug-in hybrid variant isn’t out of the question.
This is despite the Ingolstadt manufacturer is currently quite a bit late to the plug-in hybrid game compared with Mercedes-Benz and BMW. The S7 and RS7 variants are also in the works, both to be powered by new versions of the 4.0 TFSI V-8 powerhouse.
Even though it will offer a much heftier amount of technology and comfort features, the 2018 Audi A7 is expected to be priced similarly with the first generation of the model.
In other words, you should expect the base model to start at around $65,000 for the V-6 base model, if not even lower than that if Audi decides to offer a turbocharged four-cylinder as the entry-level variant